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.
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
How do you make time for both fitness and friendship? Have you discovered the healthy and fun habit of working out with a friend?