Post # 1
The only downside of being fit is that it makes it harder to hang out with my friends.
My husband and I only seem to hang out with our friends at pub-style restaurants (with no healthy options) or very late at night when I’m too sleepy to really participate (I wake up everyday at 5:45, so I usually am in bed by 10:00pm).
I was thinking last night, there MUST be activities we can organize with friends that do not require eating greasy food or staying up really late. Summer is almost here, so that makes it even easier!
I’ve only thought of a few so far:
Anyone have any other suggestions? 🙂 They don’t even necessarily have to be “active”, just something other than nachos and late night video game playing lol!
Post # 3
Bocce ball is a blast if you have room for it! Table tennis can be kind of mild if both parties aren’t that great. We’re big dog people so we always have fun playing with friends and their dogs at the dog park too!
Post # 4
@murmur: My husband and I love taking long walks with our dog, but we have no friends that have pets!
I’ve never even heard of bocce ball before! I’ll check it out! 🙂
Post # 5
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I am in the EXACT same situation as you.. Wake up at 5:50 every morning, go to the gym and then to the office. In bed by 10 most nights. My friends are always, always going out to pubs or wing joints and meanwhile I’m trying to work on my girlish figure and avoid the junk food. 😉
Anyways, mini golf and bowling are two activities that always manage to get my friends out of the bar and on their feet.
Post # 6
@coyote: Oh, bowling is a good one! 🙂 I suck at it but I’m pretty sure most of my friends do too lol!
Pool may also be a good one. One of my friends goes to play pool often, maybe I can get the rest of them in on that lol!
Post # 7
– 5k walks
– themed dinner nights with friends; pick some new healthy recipes and low-cal cocktails – sushi, stirfry, mediterranean, italian, fajitas, etc can all be really healthy if you use fresh ingredients and limit the oil/fats
– hiking picnics or picnics in the park w/ co-ed football/frisbee/soccer
– flea markets/antique shops with girlfriends (lots of walking!)
Post # 8
We are in the same boat too! Mostly everyone is going out to bars/clubs, and it’s definitely not our style (or in our budget for that matter). We’ve been having the same problem!
Pool is definitely fun – and it usually gets people out cause there is the whole drinking atmosphere typically involved.
I wish I could think of something to add!
Post # 9
I know you were asking for outdoor stuff, but some indoor games like charades, Taboo and Pit are at least things that get everybody yelling and jumping around.
There are usually light hikes you can do in a lot of cities and have picnics. Actually any of those games I mentioned could be played on a picnic. Double your fun.
Pool? (as in billiards) Or Darts? Not super active but at least you’re standing up.
Bike rides are a lot of fun if you have a nice place to ride and a goal in mind. Maybe rent 2 seater bikes to make it more interesting.
Ice skating or roller skating. May seem kiddish but you could make it fun.
Post # 10
Do you or any of your friends have a grill? Have a cookout with all kinds of meal options, including healthy ones. Get some lawn games (corn hole/bean bag toss, ladderball, etc), some drinks, and some music, and make a night of it!
Post # 11
we are in a similiar boat as you and a friend of mine bought acoupon from living social on group cooking classea with sushi…so a group of 8 of us are going. I know it may not be exactly what you are looking for– but they always have ziplining, salsa dancing, cooking, massage package going on for maybe a girl night/ day out!
Post # 12
We do a lot of themed dinners. I had a Harry Potter themed birthday dinner party and just recently, we had a Game of Thrones dinner party for the season 2 premier.
Usually, while the women hang out in the kitchen, the guys and the kids go outside to play bocce ball or something similar.
Post # 13
My city has some recreational sports leagues. I joined a kickball league with a bunch of friends a few years ago and we did it for 2 seasons. It was a lot of fun!
Also if you or any of your friends have dogs, maybe you can organize a “pack walk” with everyone and their dogs.
Post # 14
Ohhh, @Mrs_Amanda:‘s idea of salsa dancing sounds fun. We have a bar in town that offers free swing dancing lessons, and a local country bar has a ton of different free dancing lessons if you’re into that sort of thing. That allows you to get in your activity, and alcohol is still available to those who want it.
Post # 15
My first thought was bowling but it’s already been said.
Yep, it’s so easy to just meet for dinner or drinks but that’s hard when you’re trying to watch your figure.
Post # 16
We are in a co-ed softball league with some friends and a bowling league with others. You can go golfing (or putt-putt) or play doubles tennis with another couple. We host a lot of board game nights – it’s not active but is an activity that doesn’t involve greasy food and such.
With summer usually comes festivals too so maybe you guys can explore some outdoor festivals and such together.