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Skip Happy Hour and Take a Walk Instead

Fit Tip: Swap Happy Hour For a Walk

Grabbing a drink after work is often the default option for catching up with friends. But sometimes, all I really want to do is dish, not drink. Since I'm always struggling to juggle workouts and social outings, lately I've started turning after-work happy hours into walking hours.

Take a page from stroller-pushing moms — especially with this extra hour of daylight — and make a walking date with a friend. Pick a scenic part of town, a waterfront or park trail, or a hilly route if you want a challenge. Lace up your sneakers and spend the next hour walking and talking. It's a great way to vent at the end of a workday, and you skip the empty calories, too.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
miss malone I'm right there with you!!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I love going for walks any time of day when its nice out. I just wish it was nice out more often!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
We have a really nice little walking trail by the hospital and when it's nice out, a couple of us go for a nice little walk after work to chat and destress. It's definitely very relaxing after a tough day.
smashedpotatoe13 smashedpotatoe13 8 years
my friend and i used to meet once a week to chat over a cup of tea. now we meet and go for a walk through the park. we save money and get to visit the 9th largest park in california :)
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
Clearly you happy hour isn't a part of your work day, as it is mine. Most of my happy hours are spent wooing clients over pricey brown liquors. I'm pretty sure if I suggested a walk, they'd run for the hills, taking their business and dollars with them.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I've never been to an happy hour for drinking...we have to drive around everywhere anyway, and happy hour tends to be right around rush hour. But if I do go for a social outing that involves alcohol, we usually walk around afterwards or beforehand. Have a happy hour AND walking hour! :)
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good idea! Honestly, I'd much rather walk than drink (most of the time anyway :P )
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