This? Is Not the Health I Ordered!

Juggling Working Out and Socializing

So I have a question for the masses… do you mix working out and keeping on a schedule with an active social life?

I often start strong in the week, going to the gym, making plans in my daily planner to go to all these weight training and step classes and then life happens.

People I haven’t seen in a while invite me out for happy hour, a date with a new (or old) boy is set up, drinks with coworkers….they start piling on the days and we all know it’d be a bad idea to send Ashley to the gym in a drunken state—hell, a tipsy state would be a bad idea too! Suddenly my workout routine is shot and i’ve consumed more fruity, bad-for-me drinks and bar food and i’ve totally shot myself in the foot.

How do you maintain the active social life while staying healthy and working out?

Why can’t I have my cake and eat it too? (Damnit now I want cake.) (Oooh ice cream sounds good too.) (see how I’m going to have a problem? Yeah.)


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  1. * Yoda says:

    Several suggestions:

    1) Move your work out time from the evening to the mornings. Yes, I know its VERY hard to get up at 5. But if you do, you automatically free up your evenings to whatever.

    2) Meet your friends at the park for a run. Make them run with you. Soon, your friends will be gone, and you will have all the time to run.

    3) Avoid fatty drinks like Bailey’s. (I know, I know your fave). But stick to vodka tonic, will ya?

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  2. * k says:

    I do a lot of exercising with my friends. When I first started running, I ran with a girl I knew of but didn’t really know. 4 years later we are great friends and still run together.

    I also try and plan some form of exercise for everyday instead of just say MWF or something. That way if something comes up on a Wednesday, I already worked out on Tuesday and therefore don’t feel bad for skipping on Wednesday.

    And sometimes I just have to make working out a priority and say no to a social event. Although that doesn’t happen often!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  3. * Molly says:

    I second working out in the morning. After you get over the initial pain of getting up early, it’s a great way to start the day and I always feel better from it. Plus, then I can leave work and relax, go out or whatever I need to do without worrying about getting to the gym.

    Honestly, sometimes I hit the snooze button and don’t go, but then I go after work. It’s all about balance. If you want to go out, go in the morning. Simple!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  4. * Sassy says:

    Trust me, it’s no walk in the park. Socializing and getting fit don’t always go hand in hand, especially if you don’t like to workout with your friends like yours truly. I prefer to go solo and do what I want, when I want to, as long as I want to do it.

    I try to balance it all by going to the gym/working out in shorter chunks throughout the day on some days. For example, today I woke up at 6am to get 45 min of lap swimming in before work. Then after work I’ll meet up with the running group for a 45 min run. Some days I do lunch hour workouts in addition to a morning and/or evening walk or run.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago

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