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Friends and Family Can Help You Get Fit

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise doesn't always have to be a solo endeavor. Many times, we think of exercise as a sweat session done all on our own. We think of a treadmill or a stationary bike. We think of going for a run or a swim. And these are certainly solo activities. But it doesn't have to be that way. Exercise is important, but so is time with friends and family. Why not knock two birds out with one stone? If you would like to take your exercise to the next level by enjoying your next workout with loved ones, take a look at these routines to make the transition from solo to group easier than ever.

Join a Class

It doesn't matter whether you're taking your children or friends, joining a class might meet everyone's needs. Most classes include modifications -- for those who need it easier and for those who need more of a challenge. This means that almost anyone can join the class and still get a good workout. If you like a teacher, a challenge, and a group atmosphere, join a class with your friends and have a little fun.


Too many people believe that walking is too easy to count as exercise. But it works! It burns calories, stretches the muscles, builds strength, and improves stamina. And walking can be done with almost any group of people. Grab your friends and go on a hike. Take your kids for a walk at the park. It's easy to adapt a walking workout, and it can be as challenging or as low-impact as you need it to be. Don't underestimate its power, especially for engaging groups of people in regular movement.

Play Some Games

Soccer. Flag football. Basketball. Ping-pong. All of these are fun games that require movement. You may not break the biggest sweat of your life, but you'll certainly burn calories. And more importantly, you'll also have fun! If you're more about the fun and less about the obvious challenge, pick a game, grab some loved ones, and start playing. 

If you want to work out alone, go for it. But if you'd like company, that's fine too! Use these workouts as ideas to get you started. Create a group, push each other, and get in the best shape of your life while having more fun than ever with those you love.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.

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