Hey Guys! Today I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Tuesday’s on the Run. Usually I talk all about running on Tuesdays, but today I have a special treat for you. I have a guest post from Rachel Stires. She is talking all about fun fitness activities that you can do with friends or even for a date.
Rachel is a media relations representative for Orangetheory Fitness. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, hiking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Juggling your social life, career, and health can all be different. Sometimes it feels like you have to pick one over the other, especially with social life and health. You don’t want to neglect your friends, but you also don’t want to make unhealthy choices as a result. So, is it possible that you can pick both? Absolutely!
There’s plenty of fun activities that you can do with friends that are healthy as well. So, skip the dinner and drinks and give these ideas a try:
- Skating: This one admittedly makes me nostalgic because I grew up doing a lot of skating with my friends. As it turns out, this classic activity actually has some great health benefits to it. It’s a good way to get your heart pumping, and it can also improve your balance and coordination. You can skate pretty much anywhere you have a smooth, flat surface, so parks neighborhoods, and basically anywhere there’s a sidewalk or path. You could also go to a rink if you’d prefer to stay indoors or if you need to rent skates. You could even go to an ice skating rink if you’d like an extra challenge! Skating is a great activity for a day out because it’s a good way to hang out with any sized group of friends, and it’ll keep you moving for a great workout!
- Swimming: Swimming was also a favorite past time of mine, but it’s actually a wonderful way to get some exercise and hang out with friends. You could race each other to get in some quick cardio, or play some fun pool games to get everyone moving around. My personal favorites are the classic Marco Polo and Categories. If you’re a little more daring, you could always try a game of Chicken as well. There are a ton of pool games that will get you moving while having fun with friends. Don’t worry about the weather either, as there’s indoor and outdoor options out there for year-round fun!
- Walking or Hiking: Whether you go for a stroll in your local park or take a hike in a national park, this can be a great way to catch up with friends while getting some exercise in. Depending on where you go, you might see some nice views too! I would recommend this activity to anyone who wants to spend some time talking with friends, whether it’s one on one or with a group. You can pick routes based on fitness levels, how much time you want to spend talking, or just on what you’d like to see. It’s sure to make for a fun day together!
- Dancing: This is for all of those people (myself included) that love to go out and dance. Whether it’s line dancing, swing dancing, or just going to a club, there’s tons of different options for a group of friends that want to dance together! Dancing is a great form of cardio regardless of the style, so you can try something new or find something that everyone likes. I think it’d be fun to get a recurring dance outing going and pick a new style of dance every time you go out. You’ll learn something fun and new, and you’ll have a blast busting a move with your friends!
- Ball Sports: If you’ve got a big group of friends and nothing to do, starting a pick-up game of any ball sport is a great way to get together. Whether it’s soccer, basketball, flag football, or kick ball, all of these are great for getting your heart pumping from adrenaline and exercise. If you have a smaller group of friends that want to get together, you could play tennis together. I would also recommend trying out an adult recreational league. Whether you make your own team or join one that’s already formed. This is great because it offers scheduled games, and you can even make new friends in the process!
- Group Classes: If you don’t feel like organizing anything and want to do something short-notice, try taking a group class together. There’s plenty of options to choose from, like Zumba, kickboxing, cycling, yoga, or even strength training. This is also an option that might appeal to more fitness-oriented friends. Taking a class together will help keep you motivated and it’ll be a good way for you to get together. Afterwards you can grab a healthy snack or meal and chat about the class and everything else!
Spending time with friends really makes life better. I find myself so refreshed and relaxed after I get to hang out with people I’m close with, and it’s even better when we do something rewarding or challenging together. Making healthy choices and doing something fitness related is a great way to do this. So I hope you’ll consider breaking the hang out trend and try something new, something healthy, and fun times that you and your friends will remember!