I just signed up to complete a 5k race with a friend of mine. It was her birthday wish so how could I refuse, right? It’s a fantastic way to spend time with a dear friend, have some fun and contribute to a great cause all while being active! But, it is so much more…
Signing up for this race, got me thinking about how fortunate I am to have friends that lead an active, fit lifestyle. In addition to teaching Yoga and Cycling, I am part of a group of women who, most weeks, meet to run together. We joke and call ourselves a social group that has a running problem, but what a great way to combine fitness with friendship.
Some of my friends are professionals engaged in the business of fitness and wellness, like me, but others are people who are whole-heartedly committed to living a healthy life. Many of my best, most supportive friendships, have evolved through some type of fitness activity or class. It is a bond forged in sweat!
Through this network of fitness friends, I have attempted new and challenging activities (Surf Yoga, Ocean Kayaking, triathlons). All things I probably would have never attempted on my own. I have also received support while injured and encouragement when I was not motivated.
One of the most powerful benefits to maintaining my fitness friendships has been accountability. My friends will not let me fall into a sustained, sedentary lifestyle or unhealthy eating habits. They are reliable resources for nutritional news, the latest fitness trends and apparel loves and loathes. When we are out for drinks or dinner my friends set good examples by ordering a healthy meal, asking for something to be prepared in a more healthy way or sharing a totally decadent dessert, limiting my (temporary) calorie backslide.
So, the moral of this post is, surround yourself with active friends! You will gain more than you can imagine and not a single pound. The old adage is true, sometimes it’s not what, but who you know that matters most.