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Mixing Exercise with Friends

December 13, 2011

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.

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  • Reply Mark Iafrate December 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Great post man. MEATing up at the Y is always a good time, but I find it harder to get people to schedule an actual workout (especially with a bunch of people around). It’s usually easier to incorporate it into a hike or bike ride or jog.

  • Reply glenn kantz December 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    great post and pic. hope you are well.

  • Reply jon December 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Mark, thanks for your note. Sounds like we will have to meat it up at the Y sometime soon. Or maybe do some stadiums for old times sake. Glenn, thought you would like that picture. Caroline made the blog!

  • Reply Cristen December 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    🙂 It’s kind of like multitasking. You get to catch up and workout at the same time…I’m all about that. Great post and it was great catching up with you too!

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