Fitness Buddy Safety Tips

More than 1,200 people in London have joined the Fitness Buddy social network and more Londoners are joining every day. Now winter is closing in, its more important than ever to have people around you who will motivate you to exercise through the winter months. Fitness Buddy is the perfect solution. And it's totally free and always will be. If your budget won't stretch to having a personal trainer in London, this is a good substitute.

Fitness Buddy puts you in touch with other sports and fitness enthusiasts in your part of London (east London, west London etc) , and meet up for a workout (gym, yoga, pilates) or game of tennis, squash, badminton, or for sports like judo, karate, running, swimming, cycling, and more. There are 14 sports and fitness options in all. You can refine your search to specify your preferred skill level (beginner/intermediate/advanced), and also the days/times you're available to meet up. By refining your search in this way, you get better results which more closely match what you're looking for.

For your own safety and security, read the following safety tips before you register. These tips are not intended to cover every conceivable situation, but they do serve as a useful set of general guidelines to make your Fitness Buddy membership a safe and enjoyable experience. Use your common sense and trust your instincts. And please report any online abuse from other Fitness Buddy members.

Before joining, take a few minutes to read the following safety tips:

Sign up and create your Fitness Buddy profile

To protect your privacy when you register for Fitness Buddy, we don't ask for your date of birth or your address. Make sure you don't reveal these sensitive pieces of your personal information to other Fitness Buddy members either. And make sure you don't use your surname in any part of your Fitness Buddy username.

When you create your profile, be careful what you write. All other Fitness Buddy members will be able to see what you've written. Don't put your mobile number, home phone number, or your email address. Fitness Buddy enables you to contact other members via the Fitness4London.com website, so there is no need to reveal your email address to any other member. If another member asks for your email address, tell them that you prefer to message them via the Fitness4London.com website.

Contact other Fitness Buddy members

For your own personal security don't tell other Fitness Buddy members any of your personal details outlined above. Once you've chatted online to another member and agreed to meet up, if you feel comfortable telling them your mobile number, that's fine. It could be useful if you or your new buddy are running late, or either of you have to cancel at the last minute. But never reveal your home landline number until you've got to know and trust them well first.

Take your mobile phone with you and make sure the battery is fully charged, and topped up with credits if you have pay-as-you-go.

Always trust your instincts and common sense when you're chatting to other members both online and face-to-face. If you suspect they have ulterior motives for meeting you, or you suspect they are being dishonest about anything or behaving inappropriately, cease communication with them and don't meet up with them. If you feel uncomfortable when you're with a fitness buddy, make your excuses and leave. Have an excuse for cutting a meeting short, prepared in advance (not feeling well, for instance).

Meet up with other Fitness Buddy members

Take care when you meet someone for walking, running, cycling, as these activities can easily take you into an unfamiliar and changing environment. Agree on a route in advance, and don't deviate from it.

Make sure you meet in a public place that has plenty of people around, ideally at the location of your chosen activity.  Make sure you tell a trusted friend that you're meeting a Fitness Buddy through the Fitness4London.com site, the exact address of where you're going, what time you'll finish, and arrange to ring them at an agreed time to confirm all went well. It's best to meet at a place you know, and if you've not been to the agreed meeting place before, arrive early to make sure it's a properly supervised and legitimate fitness/sports venue with plenty of people around.

And never arrange to be picked up from your home or place of work, or to be given a lift back to your home or place of work. Better still, don't offer or accept any lift at all. Plan your own travel arrangements in advance.

Good luck and enjoy your Fitness Buddy activity. If you have any concerns or suggestions on how to make Fitness Buddy an even safer experience, please message me though the Fitness4London.com contact me page.

Do you need more expert guidance on the road to fitness? Why not hire a personal trainer?