Getting Active With Our Friends

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 18, 2009

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Hello boot campers!

We have a fabulous guest post from Madison today on the topic of getting active with your friends!

Take it away Madison!


How to incorporate all of your friends into a healthy lifestyle…

So, how many of us live a crazy, busy life and when catching up with girlfriends—it revolves around food? It is just “so easy” to spend time and chat with your friends by meeting at a restaurant or that ice cream place just down the block.

Well, I am here to inform you—there is more fun to be had and it is the healthy, good-for-you kind of fun!

I like to incorporate my friends into a healthy lifestyle. I have a wide variety of friends—some that work out and are strict with their eating and some that survive off burgers and fries and never sweat. I love all of them regardless. There are more options for “girl time” to benefit our health. I am going to challenge you to try one or ALL of these ideas with your girls. You will feel so great afterwards, and I would be willing to bet your friends will too.

  • Host a weekly fitness walk. Dedicate a night of the week or Saturday mornings to a walk in the park, or local trails near your house. Invite a few of your friends and have fun chatting it up while you burn calories. Bring a healthy snack for afterwards and alternate who brings the snack each week. This will hold your friends accountable and keep them coming back.
  • Start a craft club! My friend Sarah and I just started this. We will complete a unique craft each month together. It is a lot of fun to be creative and laugh about all of your insecurities with your friends, while crafting. Look at Martha Stewart, Oprah, or Rachel Ray online for lots of craft ideas. Most of the Rachel Ray ones are very eco-friendly too.

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  • My personal favorite—be a hostess with the mostest—hold a DANCE party! I am so in love with dance, so I love to choreograph enough dances to fill 30-45 minutes. All of the girls laugh and sweat and have a great time! I do lots of latin moves with hip swings, salsas—to amp up being a “sexy girl.” Then, prepare dinner together. It is really easy to make a healthy taco bar. Have one girl prepare the chicken, veggies, and/or turkey. Other girls can chop toppings. Make salsa. Heat the tortillas. It is very rewarding to work out and THEN eat a healthy meal with your girlfriends. It feels muuuuch better than working out and then going to Cinnabon (believe me, I know from past experience, no good). 044

Start off trying one of these activities. Your friends will definitely thank you for being innovative with new ideas. I have found that events like these really become bonding experiences and strengthen friendships. I promise, you will have FUN!


Check out my blog—I am pretty new to the blog world and would love for you to come visit me!

Thank you Madison! So many awesome ideas. :D

Today’s question:

Do you do active things with your friends? If so, what?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess July 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

GREAT post. With my friends we primarily go to movies, hang out, but with that comes basketball practices as well. We do a lot of variety. Haha!
<3 jess


Tay July 18, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Madison girl – I love your post! I agree that it can be so hard to balance working out with friend time. And then there’s the whole eating out, late night snacking, etc. Great ideas!!


Kelsey July 18, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Love the craft party idea!!!!


Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm

i love madison! great job!
i have hiking dates with my friend. makes it easier for me to get my exercise in too….


Christina July 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Sometimes me and my friends meet up to go walking but most of the times it’s meeting for lunch or dinner. These are great ideas, thanks Madison!


Brandi C July 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm

The TWO active things we do are SHOP and DANCE when we go out. Translation: We are going to start incorporating SOME of Madison’s Ideas!


Lindsay @ A Taste of Sparkle July 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm

First off, Madison is super cute! I love the first pic! And I really like the fitness walk idea.

Good luck with the race tomorrow, Angela!


MarathonVal July 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Hi Angela, I saw your question about where to store Clif Shots in your previous post – I like to stick them in my ipod arm holder, if you have one of those – otherwise some shorts have built in tiny pockets.

I was actually at a running store in Chicaog today and was about to buy a clip on “pouch” type thing to store gels, cell phone, etc, and tried it on only to find it to be WAY too bulky, which I think is annoying when running far distances! Some people also use safety pins and pin them to their clothes, just be careful you don’t puncture the clip gel obviously ;)


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm

What neat ideas to stay active while having a little fun with the girls. Definitely great ideas to try out in the summer! :)



Katherine July 19, 2009 at 12:13 am

I run with my friends!! I also have started taking classes at my gym with a new friend and it’s a blast!


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