Good friends are an often-overlooked part of good health. A gift from God, friendship is a vital part of a healthy and whole life. Finding time for fitness and friendship often seems like an either/or choice because we have limited time and busy schedules.
I’m excited to have an article featured at Faith and Fitness Magazine this month. Did you realize that faith and fitness can also be a valuable part of your friendships?
What to do—catch up with a friend after work or stay on track with my fitness plan?
I teach aqua-fitness at a local recreation center. My clients create a friendly community in our group exercise classes. These women value friendship and fitness. They meet once a month for lunch, celebrate birthdays, and commiserate over health issues.
Though these women come from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds, combining fitness with friendship builds bridges of connection and good health. Their camaraderie makes class fun and engaging.
FIND YOUR FITNESS STYLE
Not everyone enjoys group exercise classes, opting for other ways to pursue good health by partnering fitness and friendship. Kris and Jody meet regularly to cycle and explore local communities. I often see a brigade of strollers as moms visit while taking toddlers to the park. These moms have discovered the secret of banding together, making fitness and friendship fun for everyone.
Fitness and friendship can be a great combination for the workplace as well. Walking during lunch, Cadence and Ayanna trade heels for sneakers, carving out time to chat as they enjoy a break from the office. Several days a week, these two friends exercise in a way that works for their schedules.
NURTURE BODY AND SOUL
Discover 7 helpful tips for building strong bodies and strong friendships. Join me at Faith and Fitness Magazine.
How do you make time for both fitness and friendship? Have you discovered the healthy and fun habit of working out with a friend?
Congratulations on your article in Faith and Fitness!
Thanks so much! It has inspired me to be more intentional about inviting friends to do active things together. Always a win for the waistline and for relationships! Thanks for joining me today:)
Thank you! It has been fun to branch out and bring my day job into my writing. Thanks for reading today!
Thanks for the reminder that it doesn’t have to be either/or, but yes, both!
It never ceases to amaze me how stuck I can get in ruts of doing the same things the same old way. This is an area that I’m working on in my life. Hope it’s helpful for you too!
It is fun to bring the two together. I need to do more of this for sure. Thanks for stopping by, Joanna!
Thanks for these tips and reminders on connecting with others. It can be so easy to think that it is too complicated. I appreciate the simple ideas.
For me, the challenge is just making time to follow through with good intentions. Hope this helps you have some really great moments working out with a friend!
I’m so glad some of these ideas are helpful. I love simple ideas that I can implement easily. Great to hear from you today, Christina!