Summertime is upon us and I love it. Getting outdoors and being active is an awesome combination. When Propel announced that June’s #AddFlavorChallenge is working out with a friend, I immediately called my buddy Michael to figure out when we can get together to play tennis. We’re not good at tennis by any means, but we both enjoy playing and like that it’s a fun way to get a workout. We met at the court after work on a perfect weather evening. We were there to get a workout in and have some fun, but we both knew that we were playing for bragging rights. It’s unspoken, but well known that bragging rights are always on the line when my groups of friends get together for just about anything.
We started by warming up with a few dynamic warmups such as high-knee, butt-kicks and lateral shuffles. After doing a few static stretches, we were warmed up and with the heart pumping a little were ready to have a friendly battle on the court. Serving the ball with any amount of accuracy or velocity is difficult when one isn’t good at tennis. After a few service faults, we got the ball in play and started our match. It didn’t take long for me to work up a sweat and get the heart pounding. I quickly lost the first two games which created a nice break in the action which we used to grab a bottle of Propel to rehydrate. We switched sides and continued our match. It’s been a while since I played and I’m not very good (have I mentioned that already) which lead to me losing the first set 6-2. I was glad the set was over as I was breathing hard and the heart was pounding so the quick breather was needed.
We began the second set and I was starting to get into a groove and make some shots. I won the first four games and was feeling good about my 4-0 lead. I could tell Michael was getting a bit frustrated which helped him step up his game and he won the next three games. I finished the set off and won 6-3. We took another short break, hydrated with Propel and began the third and final set. Michael really stuck it to me and beat me 6-4. If you are a tennis fan and keeping score at home, I lost 2-6, 6-3, 4-6. We shook hands and made plans to play again. There is no better workout then you are having fun with friends.
Working out with a friend is less about what the workout is and more about spending time with a good friend or a loved one. The conversations I have when working out with a friend are some of my favorite conversations. It seems that walls and guards are dropped when working out which leads to open, honest and enjoyable conversations. I always learn something new when I workout with a friend; either something new about them or a new workout/routine. Most of my friends are active and workout regularly but we all workout differently. Some are weightlifters, some are runners, some are walkers, and some are cyclists. It’s nice to mix up my routine by working out with a friend and do their routine. One of the coolest things about working out with a friend is that you can suggest and try things that you normally wouldn’t do. I haven’t played tennis is a long time, so it was nice to get out there and play with a buddy.
I don’t workout with friends enough and the Propel #AddFlavorChallenge has shown me that I need to do it more often. I truly cherish the time spent and the conversations had as well as the workout. I think my friends like working out with me because I always bring a ton of Propel along with me!
What type of outdoor activities/workouts do you do with friends? I would love if you left a comment with your activities so I can recruit some friends and try something new!
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