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7 Ways to Find a Fitness Buddy

A recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine proved that exercising with a partner improves weight-loss results. Whether you're trying to shed a few pounds or simply want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, here are some great strategies to find a fitness friend.

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Meetup.com

As the world's largest network for special-interest groups, it's tough not to be inspired by the fun things people are signing up for on this site. You can find anything from a local hiking group to meet-ups for exercising with your pets!

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Zogsports.com

With a focus on young professionals, this organization is a great way to sign up for intramural teams, classes, clinics, and social events. Part of the proceeds go to charity, making this a worthwhile way to meet an exercise buddy.

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LivingSocial/Groupon Deals

Thanks to the deeply discounted prices for fitness-related classes, it's easier than ever to sign up for anything from yoga classes to rock-climbing lessons. The dopamine rush from trying something new (like trapeze, perhaps?!) can create a bond between people, so strike up a convo with someone else in your class...she could be the workout buddy you've been searching for!

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Ask Your Trainer/Coach

Talk to a professional at your gym to see if she knows of anyone who is interested in finding a workout partner. The trainer will know both of your skills and interests -- and it never hurts to go through a mutual acquaintance.

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Reach Out to Friends

This may seem obvious, but working out is actually a great way to spend time with friends who you seem to lose touch with or go months without seeing. Instead of letting your busy lives get in the way of bonding time, you can take a monthly or weekly class together to stay fit -- while you catch up!

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FindanExercisePartner.com

The title says it all, right? All you have to do is enter your city and a little information about yourself, and you might find a perfect match!

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Work

Have a coworker who seems like she's just as interested in healthy living as you are? Talk to her about it! You may find that you have fitness goals in common, and because you see each other every day and have similar schedules, it will be easy to plan time to exercise!

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, July 2011.

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