Working out with friends

Thanks to COVID-19 many of us have improved our video chatting skills. I often have coffee dates with friends. I know of many people who have game nights, cocktail calls and even cooking/wine tasting events. Thank goodness for technology during this isolating time. Perhaps it’s time to use it to work out with friends and family.

I’ve read that fitness facilities will be opening soon. They are figuring out how to welcome members back in a safe manner. Several people I’ve spoken to about returning to the gym have expressed concern about rushing back. It’s kind of a “rock and a hard place” situation. They find motivation in going to a designated place to work out and without that they’re worried that they won’t work out. My suggestion – book work out calls with a friend or a whole group of friends.

Exercising does not require equipment nor does it require everyone to be at the same fitness level. Pretty much anyone can do push-ups. They may not all look the same but that doesn’t matter. The important thing is that everyone is moving in some way.

Here’s a sample workout that would take no longer that 20 minutes depending on the chatting that goes on between the exercises:

  • Start with a warm-up. March on the spot for 2 – 3 minutes. Add in 5 – 10 toe touching movements.
  • Next up are push-ups. At the wall, on your knees or toes. How many reps completed is up to the participant.
  • Then try some squats. Same rule about the number of reps to be done as with the push-ups.
  • Move on to the plank after the squats. On the elbows and knees or toes depending on fitness levels. Hold for 5 – 10 seconds and repeat as many times as feels good. There are modifications that can be found online if needed.
  • The superman is next. Lying facedown on the floor with arms extended, raise the right arm and the left leg a couple of inches off the floor. Repeat on the other side. Again, reps are depending on each individual’s capabilities.
  • Add some cardio in with some jogging on the spot, dancing, lunging, etc. Change the exercise every minute. Maybe have each participant bring an exercise to the group for this part.
  • Don’t forget a cool down – walking on the spot slowly and then some stretches.

This should be a fun thing to do. Actually it should be playful. Throw conventional exercise thinking out the window. We’ve gotten quite good at changing how we do things, we might as well apply it to fitness. Be creative. Be safe, but be creative.  The goal needs to be that everyone leaves the call feeling energized and wanting to return for the next one!

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