12.13.16

Multi-tasking mama, Sophie Jaffe of Philosophie, is sharing a few cute fitness-focused friend date ideas below, including a superfood latte recipe that could lure even the laziest gal pal into action…

From hanging up those twinkly lights to attending winter soirees to crossing everyone off on your gift list, the holidays are without a doubt the busiest time of year. And when you stack up the December festivities on top of your regular daily grind to-dos, you’ll find yourself short on time. Instead of sacrificing your workout sesh or social hour though to get that gingerbread house iced, celebrate self-care by merging the two in a fitness friend date.

Whether you hail from warm-weathered areas or colder regions, here are the best ways to stay social AND fit during the holiday season!

If you’re blessed with balmy weather year-round…

Grab your bestie and beach cruiser and ride along the seaside. There’s nothing like salty air and an azure stretch of horizon to inspire quiet joy and heartfelt conversation. If bikes aren’t your thing, go for a long walk on the sand, keeping an eye out for any pretty shells or sea glass to glam up your gifts the natural way.

Dive into the waves for a social surf sesh. For all you mermaids who can never get enough of the ocean, slip into your wetsuits and catch those curls. Riding with a friend is a must for both safety and swapping surf stories once you’re back on dry land. Post-ride partner stretching on the warm sand is also highly recommended!

Connect with a friend while forest bathing. Being immersed amongst trees—whether they’re beautifully evergreen or whimsically deciduous—is incredibly healing. Half-way into a hike, take a moment to meditate together in the serene stillness of the forest.

If Jack Frost visits your hometown come winter…

Sign up for a group fitness class like CrossFit, martial arts, barre, or spin. Group classes are perfect for social butterflies so you and your friends can meet new people while working up an intense sweat. If a class doesn’t allow enough time for properly catching up, grab a green juice afterward and top it off with a ginger shot, which’ll warm you both up and ward off any bugs going around!

Hit the indoor rock climbing gym with a buddy. There’s no better time to bond with a friend than when you’re both battling the climb, building strength, and boosting your heart rate. It’s also helpful to have someone who can spot you from below and cheer you on during those tricky patches.

Invite a nearby friend over for a living room yoga flow. Thanks to Youtube, there’s an abundance of great at-home yoga workouts you can try, with everything from active vinyasa flows to calming, restorative poses. Post-flow, brew up this turmeric latte recipe that combines the healing powers of turmeric, ginger, and spirulina for a warming, winter treat.

Green Dream Turmeric Latte Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
6 oz light canned coconut milk
1/2 inch turmeric root, chopped and grated
1/2 inch ginger root, chopped and grated
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp Philosophie Green Bee Honey
1 tsp Philosophie Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

Directions:

Add and mix all ingredients (except for the Green Dream powder and honey) in a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until warm. Strain and stir in the Green Dream and honey. Pour into your favorite mugs and enjoy!


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