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Throw a Fitness Party!

Burn Calories While You Bond

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I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriends for weeks. I was so overwhelmed with housework and children’s activities that I couldn’t remember the last time I had picked up the phone just to chat. That was going to change.

My friends are all as time-starved as I am though, so getting together was going to take some creativity. Since women are born to multi-task, combining social time with exercise seemed like a natural fit, so I decided to throw a fitness party—I’d bring the fitness and the fun right to my own living room. But where to start?

My stack of yoga DVDs was gathering dust and I was anxious to try something new. If each guest brought one exercise video to the fitness party, we could hold a swap, so each woman would get a new workout routine without shelling out any cash for new videos. (I’m all for saving money as much as possible.)

So I dug out some old Jane Fonda tapes that I’d never had the heart to throw away and decided it was finally time to say goodbye to the 80’s forever—someone else could enjoy them now. The routines were retro, but they would be good for a laugh at the very least. All that hair! All that spandex!

But I didn’t want us to spend the whole evening in front of the TV. I was dying to try belly dancing, but even though I hadn’t worked up the nerve to join a class, I'd feel more comfortable shaking my hips with my friends than with strangers. So I contacted the instructor from my gym and made arrangements for a private demonstration the night of the party. This way, we could all shimmy to our hearts' content and not have to worry about looking out of place. Look out, Shakira!

A party’s not a party without food and being the magazine junkie that I am, I had stacks of healthy recipes at my fingertips. I decided to continue the Eastern theme with a menu of exotic foods like mango, persimmons and guava—things I’d always seen at the grocery store but had never tried. I added a curried chicken dish and brown rice to round out the meal and made sure I had lots of fresh vegetables and low-fat dip to munch on too. I even pulled out my blender so we could make protein-rich smoothies, which are just as tasty as Pina Coladas—but without all the empty alcohol calories.
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Leanne Beattie Leanne Beattie
A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

Member Comments

  • Very creative idea! Just don't think my carpet would lend itself well to exercising. Need to have the right room. - 8/18/2014 8:05:22 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    I know not one single soul who would come to such a party, seriously, even if I offered free Gelato!! - 8/6/2014 2:52:53 PM
  • Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing. - 11/27/2013 5:18:03 AM
  • Loving it. Great. - 11/22/2013 8:16:00 PM
  • SHARONSOWN
    Wow! This idea is so far out of my realm of experience. I've been a loner since I was a child, and about the closest I've come to this is attending a couple of free Zumba classes. I do everything alone! - 11/15/2013 3:44:13 PM
  • When you have 27 friends that run/walk with you 7 days a week, set a goal to finish within the top 1/4 of a race be it the Race for the Cure or a Hunger/Food Bank race, accomplish the goal, it's always a fitness party. - 10/19/2013 2:39:33 PM
  • I did pin this article, however, great to share. - 10/19/2013 1:05:22 AM
  • My apartment's so small it could only fit one person but I imagine it could work at the local indoor rink. I'm on disability but maybe I could spring for admission for 2 friends and give them goodie bags after. I doubt they would have any fitness tapes or equipment and none of us are the same size. We don't even have DVD players or TVs, only computers, though I guess that works. I just rely on YouTube. Good idea, tho. - 10/19/2013 1:04:07 AM
  • I threw my fitness party! Here's my post about it: http://notevenclo
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  • This actually sounds like a really fun indea! I wonder if I could get enough people interested near me? - 1/22/2013 10:25:24 AM
  • LOVE this idea! Emailing my friends NOW!!! - 1/8/2013 11:50:01 AM
  • What a great article! I have just planned my first fitness party for February so that I can look forward to keeping on track for this year's resolutions and help my friends out, too :) I'm looking forward to it already! I'll definitely post how the party goes later! - 1/3/2013 9:14:38 AM
  • I have friends who don't get around well at church so I got some chair exercise videos along with Walk Away the Pounds videos and started an exercise group at church. Sadly it is now down to just one other person but we do have fun. - 11/8/2012 10:07:00 AM
  • Very good idea that I will adopt. In the past I have started the New Year off with a sister/girlfirend walk Jan 1st and a "turkey" trot while Thanksgiving dinner was cooking. Will add this to the list. - 9/6/2012 10:12:44 AM
  • This is a cute idea and I'm all for throwing some version of this type of party but there's no way I could have more than 1 person working out in my tiny apartment at one time. There's barely enough room in the living room for me by myself.

    However, since it's summer and the weather is nice, perhaps it can be a daytime thing outdoors, followed by a picnic. That I could do. - 6/6/2012 1:12:34 PM
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