Making friends as we get older can be challenging. According to research, half of Brits find it difficult to make friends and typically stop making friends around the age of 37. However, 72% of us would love a few new ones. 

The demands of work, family, and other responsibilities can sometimes lead to feelings of loneliness. You may have even relocated to a new area. Recognising the value of friendship and actively seeking out opportunities for social connections is essential for emotional well-being and overall happiness.

To break the stigma surrounding making friends later in life, let’s discuss how fitness can help you find some new mates.

Running towards friendship

Running is great for your physical health, it’s also a great way to meet like-minded individuals. Events like Parkrun have gained immense popularity, offering a supportive community atmosphere where people of all fitness levels come together. You’ll likely see the same friendly faces each week, so why not say hello? Joining a local running club also provides opportunities for regular meetups, group runs, and social events. You’ve already got one shared interest! 

Paws for friendship

Daily dog walks are a chance to connect with other pet enthusiasts. Parks and walking trails are natural gathering spots where conversations can flow easily. A ‘good morning’ can soon lead to a brief chat. Consider joining dog walking groups or attending dog-friendly events in your area. Not only will your furry friend benefit from exercise and socialisation, but you may form friendships with fellow dog lovers.

Sweating together

The gym may seem like a solitary pursuit, but fitness classes offer a social outlet where you can meet new people while breaking a sweat. Whether it’s yoga, spinning, or HIIT, group fitness sessions provide a supportive environment for forging friendships. Don’t hesitate to make conversation before or after class – you might discover common interests beyond the gym. 

Embracing the great outdoors

The outdoors offers endless opportunities for connecting with others who share your love for nature. Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, or simply soaking up the sun in a local park, outdoor activities provide a relaxed setting for making new friends. Joining outdoor recreation groups or volunteering for conservation projects can introduce you to a diverse range of individuals who appreciate the beauty of the natural world. 


Look for opportunities to volunteer at fitness events or charitable initiatives related to health and wellness. Not only will you contribute to a meaningful cause, but you’ll have the chance to meet others passionate about making a difference in the community.

Social media:

In addition to these traditional avenues, the rise of social media has made it easier than ever to connect with like-minded individuals in your area. There are LOADS of Facebook groups and CLIQ communities, that cater to active women. They offer a platform to coordinate group activities, exchange fitness tips, and, most notably, establish new connections. Whether you’re into hiking, cycling, or yoga, there’s bound to be a group that aligns with your interests.

By incorporating fitness and the outdoors into your social life, you can improve your physical health and pick up a few new pals. So lace up your running shoes, grab your dog’s lead, or sign up for that fitness class – a new friendship could be just a workout away.