Working out with exercise friends has numerous benefits. It can motivate you and challenge you. Friends can make the idea of exercising seem much more inviting, especially on days when you don’t feel like exercising.
Here are six intense workouts you can do with your friends:
Running is one of the easiest workouts to organize with friends. Just pick a track or a neighborhood and set a time. For running to be intense exercise, you have to choose exercise partners who run at your speed. Run at a fast pace with friends on a regular basis and you will see your fitness level increase very quickly.
2. High-Speed Hiking
If you live in an area with hiking trails, steep hills or even mountains, hiking can be an intense form of exercise. Be sure to choose friends that are compatible with you in terms of your fitness level. You want to exercise with people who will hike up a hill at a speed that is similar to yours. This will keep you and your friends challenging each other and no one will be left behind.
Aerobics classes come in many different types and levels. If you want an intense workout, choose an advanced class that lasts for 60 to 90 minutes. A high-energy aerobics teacher can keep you and your friends motivated to keep up and push your limits. Be sure that the class incorporates proper stretching and a cool down period. If you do not have a gym membership, you can do aerobics at home using a video. Just move the coffee table and chairs out of the way, slip in the DVD and enjoy an intense workout at home with your favorite friends.
4. Bikram Yoga
Bikram yoga is another form of intense exercise. In Bikram yoga, a certified yoga teacher guides you through 26 different postures while the room is heated to 105 degrees. Bikram yoga helps to stretch and strengthen your muscles. You will also sweat profusely, which allows toxins to be released from your body. Be sure to drink water before, during and after a Bikram yoga class due to all of the fluid loss. Taking Bikram yoga with friends is a good idea because you will not feel alone as you endure the high heat and intense postures.
Riding a bike can be a very leisurely activity. It can also be quite intense depending on how fast you’re going and where you’re riding. For an intense workout, choose friends who are experienced cyclists. Biking uphill can be very strenuous. Plan a route that will be both intense and away from car traffic, if possible.
Swimming laps can be another strenuous form of exercise to do with friends. Swimming laps and racing each other will burn off a lot of calories. For variety, race each other using different swimming styles, such as the front crawl, backstroke or underwater swimming.