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While social situations and get-togethers often involve food and drinks, your friendships might be adding pounds! You can’t out-run your diet. Here are 18 things to do with friends that will pack in the quality time and keep off the pounds!

1. Take a walk in the park.

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A walk in the park is relaxing and allows you to appreciate nature. There is nothing like a walk and talk with a friend.

2. Learn a new skill.

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Afraid of public speaking? Take a Toastmasters course. Want to learn to code? Take a course together! Elevating your skillsets together ensures everyone wins and is a great way to maximize your time together. It also ensures you will see each other on a consistent basis.

3. Get involved!

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There are many people who can benefit from your boredom. Volunteer with a local organization. Hand out fliers for the candidate of your choice. Giving back makes everyone involved feel great!

4. Go for a bike ride

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A leisurely bike ride is a great way to burn calories while telling your friend all the good things happening in your life!

5. Get creative!

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Take a painting class together and sit in the back as you giggle over whose painting would make Picasso jealous. Low on cash? Head on over to Pinterest and pick a fun DIY project.

6. Video chat!

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Does your bestie live far away? Schedule some video messaging time. Trust me – it’s fun and the closest thing you’ll get to in person.

7. Go for a drive!

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Hop in the car with your friend and go…anywhere! A drive can be relaxing and a wonderful way to catch up with a friend. Put on your seat belts, hit the open road and talk with no interruptions!

8. Go shopping!

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Friends that slay together, stay together! Go shopping with a friend whose style you admire. She can help you pick out great looks or be an extra voice to tell you to keep it or leave it.

9. Live music!

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Instant dance party!! Get down to live music at an outdoor park or watch your favorite musician or group in concert. It’s a guaranteed good time!

10. Go to church

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Are both of you religious? Pray together! A friendship that supports each others’ faith is a true friendship indeed.

11. People watch

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Sit and make-up stories about those that are passing by while you catch up on each others’ lives.

12. Plant seeds…literally!

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Gardening with friends will help create something that is good for the environment and can also flourish…like your friendship!

13. Decorate!

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Home project? Want to spruce up a room? Find a friend with a great eye and update your interior space while you catch up on life, love, and more.

14. Get a mani!

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A mani with a friend is allows you both to sit and get pretty and pampered while catching up on each others’ lives.

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