Give up lunch and dinner dates without giving up your girl time.
As women, we always enjoy having that time to catch up with our friends, whether it’s every week, every month or just a couple of times a year. But for most of us, it always seems to revolve around one thing—a meal, a cup of coffee or a couple of drinks. It’s a great way to catch up on conversation, but it’s often not the healthiest choice.
Luckily, it’s not difficult to break free from this get-together monotony. Here are a few simple options that you and your friends can try.
Spend a Morning at the Spa
Nothing comes close to the experience that you and your friends can have at a day spa. These retreats have been growing in popularity in recent years, and most major cities (as well as some smaller communities) now have them. While there, you and your friends can relax away your cares with a soothing facial, massage, foot bath or dozens of other therapies for your mind and body. In general, you can expect to pay around $100 and up for your morning of luxury, but it’s well worth consideration as an occasional treat.
Take a Yoga Class
One of the best ways to stick to a fitness program is to “buddy up” with someone and make sure you go together. So why not replace those calorie-laden catch-up lunches with a morning of bending and stretching together in a yoga class? Chances are good that there are several options in your area, and you can expect to pay around $10 to $20 per class, or much less if you enroll in some type of membership package. Plus, the potential health benefits of yoga are plentiful, including less pain, reduced stress and greater flexibility. What a great gift to share with your friends!
There’s a reason people congregate around food: It’s a traditional, time-honored way to gather together and enjoy each other’s company. But just because you and your friends dine together doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. One option is to get your friends together to cook a healthy meal at someone’s home. Another option is to take a local cooking class together. This way, your kitchen stays clean, and all you have to do is learn (and eat) in a fun environment.
Find a Local Trail
Friendly get-togethers don’t have to cost a lot of money, either. A good free activity is to find all your local hiking and biking trails, and then devote your outings to getting back to nature for a while. These can be as simple as a casual walk in the woods, allowing you and your friends to catch up on conversation while enjoying a little light exercise. Or make a habit of the walks, and gradually increase the intensity as the weeks go by.