Ever feel like you want to see your friends, but you also want to exercise? Why not mix the two activities? I was at the Dowd YMCA on Saturday morning when I ran into a good friend. I had just finished my workout, but I decided to jump on the stairmaster next to her to catch up. Without even knowing it, I ended up talking with her on the stairmaster for over an hour. I left the YMCA feeling refreshed with an extra hour of cardio and connected with a good friend.
This made me realize that I don’t always have to go get coffee, lunch, dinner or a drink when I want to see my friends. Now I could just ask if they want to head to the YMCA and talk on the bike, stairmaster or treadmill. Even if I have to pay a small guest fee, isn’t that less than the price of a meal or drinks? Yet, I am exercising and being active when I go to the gym.
What are some other ways we can do this? A short run outside, a nice walk, a hike or a bike ride come to mind. I have another friend that I meet on occasion for a bike ride, and I realized this really has just been another way for us to stay in touch. When I go home to Florida, I always meet an old friend for a run on the beach, and some of my best blog ideas came from those runs. Sharing ideas, enjoying the outdoors, exercising, soaking up the sun…a lot of wins here. The picture below is from Stone Mountain, NC where I got to spend a whole day hiking with close friends. Since I took the picture, Brooks represented us in the photo! It was an amazing day that I still talk about.
So what other ideas do you have to incorporate exercise into catching up with friends? You may save some money, improve your well-being and walk away a little happier. It happened to me on Saturday at the YMCA, and that makes one plus one more than two for me.