Now that we are in the thick of the holiday season, I’m getting so many offers to “catch up” right now. This year, I’m trying something different– instead of canceling my workouts to have dinner or drinks with friends, I’m incorporating the people I love into my workout schedule.
Have you ever gone hiking with friends? Or taken a Zumba class?
I’m willing to bet that at the end, no one had regrets. Instead you probably said things like “that was awesome!” and “we need to do that more often!”
There’s a really great feeling that you get after sharing an activity with someone and for me it doubles if the activity is physical.
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So, why do the majority of our outings with friends center around food?
There’s nothing wrong with sharing a meal to bond with those that you love, but I personally think that connecting with other’s through movement is underrated.
I have a friend in Los Angeles that I see once a year. We meet up at Runyon Canyon and hike together. We catch up, take in the views and then grab a coffee afterwards. It is something I look forward to every year and for someone like me who is on a “Healthy Curves” journey, its fun to see how much easier the hike gets every year as I get stronger.
When I’m in NYC, I love meeting up with friends and taking yoga or walking along the East River.
“Exercise partners can provide a kind of gentle coercion and limit your negative self-talk,” Barbara A. Brehm, Ed.D., professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Studies, at Smith College in Northampton, MA told the website healthywomen.org. “You’ll avoid that debate in your head about whether you should go and work out.”
I think these are very wise words indeed. When we move together, be it with walking, yoga or any other physical activity. we’re sharing time together, we’re sharing an experience and we’re loving our bodies.
It doesn’t get much better than that!