♥ Girls’ Night Out! ♥
What’s in store for this weekend? A night out on the town with your favorite girls is a great way to de-stress and have some fun. Most ladies’ nights, though, tend to take place at restaurants or bars, which could be a huge roadblock for your health and fitness goals. So I figured I would give all my favorite IgniteGirls a few suggestions for girly get-togethers that are “Coach K” approved.
- Ride a bike. Even though it seems like a childish pastime, it’s a great way to get outside and get movin’. If you don’t own a bicycle, you can always rent one or even spring for a relatively cheap one on Craig’s List. You could bike to a local park to have a (healthy) picnic, or to a nearby coffee shop. It’s healthier than driving, and it’s better for the environment. If you live in a city that offers them, check out a local bike tour company – you might even learn something new about your hometown!
- Take a class. You could stick with something traditional, like yoga or pilates, but getting a group of girls together is the perfect way to try a new kind of class. Many options exist now for pole dancing, cardio striptease and other risqué classes. You will feel a lot less silly when surrounded by friends, and going once with a group might make you feel comfortable enough to start going by yourself more frequently in the future.
My friend Alyson and I at a weekend fitness camp (and me rockin’ a GIANT tee)
- Take a hike. Even if you don’t live by Runyon Canyon, there are usually forest preserves and hiking trails to be found that aren’t too far away. A quick search online should provide plenty of options for a hiking destination that you can trek together.
Being a goof and doing pull ups after a long hike!
- Get cooking. Learning to cook new, healthy foods and introduce more variety into your diet is always a smart move. Take a group class for healthy cooking, or if you’re lucky to have a Top Chef in your group of friends, ask her to host a get-together and teach everyone to make some of her favorite healthy dishes. You could also host the soiree at a friend’s house and have a healthy potluck where everyone brings their favorite healthy dish or course. This kind of gathering is way cheaper than dining out and usually allows for more chitchat and quality time, since you won’t constantly be distracted by a noisy dining room or interrupted by an impatient server. See Jupinko and I whipping up some gluten-free pumpkin mousse tarts!
My friend Jupinko and I whipping up some yummy recipes together!
- Relax. Plan a spa day! Get massages or facials, manicures or pedicures … whatever your heart’s desire. Sure, this option might be a little pricier, but the results are less stress, radiant skin and beautiful nails. Plus, I look forward to the “spa water” that is usually flavored with orange slices or cucumbers! These kinds of days feel especially good as a reward for working hard at your fitness. Have everyone in your group set a goal they want to reach over a few weeks and keep each other honest via email or text. Whoever reaches her goal gets to go to the spa day guilt-free!
Those are just a few quick and easy ideas for making social dates with your girls easier for a healthy lifestyle. Of course, if you are all running in my free IgniteGirls® 5k Run, just getting together to complete a training session is the perfect girls’ date. So, what do you think? Do any of these ideas sound like fun to you? Do you think you could get your girlfriends on board to try any of them?
I would love to hear from you! ♥ You can show me your pictures and hashtag me at #ignitegirls on Instagram or tag me on other social media at YOUR Girls’ Night Out! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂
~ Coach K