Working out with other people comes with a ton of benefits, from holding you accountable to that 6 am gym class, to bringing out your inner competitive streak. See below six options for you and your friends to turn your weekly brunch into a weekly workout session. (Or both. You can always do both.)
1/ Fun Run 👟
While a “fun” run can often seem like anything but, running is a great way to improve all aspects of your health. It can prevent serious diseases, like minimising your risk of breast cancer or a stroke, and boost your confidence and relieve stress. As an all-season sport, fun runs operate all year round (see the Australian Running Calendar for events near you). Doing it with friends is a great way to raise money for charity, supporting each other as you burn those calories and boost those endorphins.
2/ Boxing 🥊
Boxing is a great partner exercise that builds strength, endurance, and improves coordination and body awareness (among many, many other things – it’s a full body super exercise!). What better way to beat out your frustrations and stress from the week than at a boxing class with friends?
3/ Boot Camp 👊🏾
Boot camp is a military-style, highly disciplined fitness program that uses high-intensity interval training to lose weight and increase strength. Including activities such as stretching, weight lifting, resistance straps and yoga, there’s no better way to get whipped into shape. As challenging as boot camp sounds, doing it with friends is a sure fire way to bring out your inner competitive streak, and push yourself to do that extra jump squat or burpee. No pain, no gain.
4/ HIIT 💥
Short on time but still want to squeeze in that Monday night gym session with your friends? HIIT is your answer. HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, involves bursts of high intensity and cardio exercises interspersed with brief periods of recovery. Most classes only run for 30-40 mins, with instructors standing by to correct your form and technique, making it ideal for when you need to get the most out of your workout.
5/ Kayaking 🚣♀️
Not only is kayaking a great way to embrace all of the natural beauty Australia has to offer, but it is also a great full body workout. It improves cardiovascular fitness, improves muscle strength, and reduces the risk of wear and tear on the joints, among others. Kayaking is a fun activity to do with old friends on the weekend or you can always join your local club and make new ones! Step your regular coffee date up a notch by getting out on the water.
6/ Rock climbing 🧗♂️
Consider rock climbing the trust fall 2.0. Not only is it a great full body workout, challenging your strength, cardio and flexibility, getting your friends to hoist you in the air is a great trust exercise to test the limits of the relationship. Given that no one comes out with any broken limbs, both your body and your friendships will come out stronger. 💪🏼
So whether you prefer the calm tranquillity of the open water or to have a heart-pumping session at the gym, there’s a group exercise for everyone. Often find yourself without the time to make it to a scheduled class? Check out our blog on exercises to do when there’s no time to exercise.