Fitness for Lovers and Friends

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{Workout best buddies Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracey Anderson}

First of all, do you workout? If so, do you do it alone or with a partner (meaning a friend or significant other and not a trainer)? I’ve done both. I can’t really say which I like better, I guess it depends on my mood at the time.

There are obvious reasons why having a workout buddy is great, such as:

1. Accountability – Try to get out of a workout daily; easy enough when it’s just you, but much more difficult when someone else is counting on you.

2. Fun Factor – If you like trying new things or feeling stuck in a rut, a partner could help you get out of it and make it more fun.

3. Connection РWorking out with someone else creates a great bonding experience whether you are hiking or cycling or boxing.

Here are some fitness ideas I’d like to share over the next few months.

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I’m signing up for Bikram yoga with the husband. Wish me luck as we try to get through asanas and tree poses together!

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I just read about my friend’s Air Fit experience. Sounds like fun and I can safely say I would definitely need some help getting up on those fabrics.

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It’s safe to say, not all cycle classes are the same. You have your traditional spin classes, the ever-popular Soul Cycle, and there’s Fly Wheel. This would probably make a fun friend-date in lieu of the¬†typical drinks and dinner. Or, better yet, have your cake and eat it too: why not go to a class and then have drinks and dinner. Without the guilt!

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J and I took dance lessons for our wedding reception. And, we’ve taken a salsa class here and there, but never really stuck with it. I’d like to get back in the swing of things (pun intended) and try to do this again on the regular. This would also be fun to do with some girlfriends or group dates. Then, you can go show off your new moves afterwards and dance the night away (admittedly, aside from weddings, not something I’ve done in a long time).

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Girls who box together, bond together? I’ve never tried boxing in my life, but I’m not opposed to trying it. I think it would be fun to take classes with a girlfriend. You can hang out and relieve stress all at the same time.

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I’ve taken tennis lessons before, but it’s been a long time. I’d love to get back in the game and try again. This would be a really fun sport to take up with friends or your partner.

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Hiking is always a good idea to do with others. The first time I hiked up Runyon Canyon in LA, I was so determined to get to the top, but I probably stopped not too far from the starting point. LOL.