I would venture to say 75% of my plans with friends involve some form of working out or exercising. Most of the time food or drinks or coffee are thrown in there afterwards, but we’re always getting some sort of activity in. From yoga to SoulCycle to runs to hiking… I basically don’t know what people do for fun with their friends that don’t involve being active. (Okay, I do know – it involves food or drinks or getting your nails done or shopping because I do those things, too.)
Last Friday Gabby invited me to the Friday Night Social at Sweat Republic and told me to invite friends… which I did! I’m so thankful that I had friends already living in SF before I moved here… and even more excited that some of my friends (hi, Emily) will be West Coasters this week! As I mentioned before, my friend Sam introduced me to Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh and she’s always down for a good fitness date so I asked her to come along.
The theme for this past week’s Friday Night Social was yoga and astrology. I’m super into astrology, as in I like reading about things about my sign because I like having excuses to back up my personality
flaws traits: crippling self-doubt, indecisive, lazy about things I don’t care about. We started class learning a little bit about each type of sign – wind, earth, fire and air – and then throughout class, Jessica, the instructor, told us which poses are good for which signs. Apparently I should be doing more rabbit pose and obviously, fish.
Tips for Making Fitness Dates with Friends
- Pick a class you’ve never been to before.
If your friend may not be disposed to going on a fitness date, try a class you’ve both never been to before. Sometimes new classes are scary but when you’re both bopping around like geeks you can’t help but laugh. My first friend “date” with Erin was actually at a barre studio nether of us had been to before!
- Trade after work happy hour for an after work run.
When we both still lived in Pittsburgh, Emily and I would run 5-6 miles after work every Tuesday. Sometimes our friends Lesley and Sangam would join us. Even though we weren’t fans of after-work workouts, it was so nice to stretch our legs after sitting all day and bitch about work. (#sorryimnotsorry)
- Turn your coffee date into a walk and talk.
Why sit at a coffee shop when you can walk around the neighborhood, being all Taylor Swift with your coffee cups in hand? You can pop into little shops, burn some cals and get some vitamin D. Don’t use “it’s too cold out” to walk and talk as an excuse. A and I would go for a walk every day when I was home and it was like 10 degrees out. And I live in California and am not accustomed to the cold. Not an excuse unless the windchill are negative. Just bundle up.
- Spend a weekend day doing an outdoor sport.
Go hiking! Go kayaking! Go stand-up paddle boarding! The possibilities are endless. Then you can feel less guilty if you indulge in a glass (or two!) of wine or ice cream afterwards. I usually do both. Whoops.
- Go to a special event.
Studios are always having social events. Go to them! They are super fun. Don’t be afraid that you won’t know anyone there. I’ve done yoga on the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh with Emily and Lesley and went to special yoga classes like candlelight yoga with Angela in Pittsburgh
- Do a challenge together.
I have always wanted to do a 30 days challenge. I actually did one at Pure Barre in Pittsburgh and if my wallet could handle dishing out $600 for SoulCycle a month, I would do the challenge the Palo Alto & Union St. studios are doing in March. You can do prAna’s 30 Days of Yoga challenge FO’ FREE at home. Grab a friend and challenge each other to go to class together once or twice a week and Snapchat some photos of you crowing it up at home on days you don’t go to class.
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I was compensated by prAna for this post but all opinions are my own.
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Do you go on fitness dates with your friends? What is your favorite way to workout with your friends? Have you ever done a fitness challenge?