Trade in the Gym for a Girlfriend?!

Want to live longer? Set aside the never-ending to-do list, grab a girlfriend and belt out “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”  If you’re a guy reading this, grab a buddy and sing a different song.

Here’s why:  Spending time with a close friend improves your odds of survival more than sweating it with the oldies or anyone else at the gym says a BYU study.

Having just returned from my 20th annual Girls’ Trip (Women’s Trip just doesn’t have the same ring), I’m telling you the research is truth. Our six-pack knows one another’s  joys and pains. We share our wins and our losses. We cry and we laugh so hard we cry more. Given our late nights and poor habits while together, we leave depleted of energy yet filled with the power of connection.

Yet this motivational speaker wouldn’t be speaking my truth if I didn’t tell you how challenging it is to block time every year. All six of us have crazy schedules, demands and people in our lives who need us. We live all over the map including Rome. Rather than find the time (which would never happen), we choose to make the time. After all, we want to live longer to laugh together more. Sure beats the gym.

Who do you need to make time to be with? The gym and our lists will always be there, but  you can’t say the same about good friends.


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  1. LOVE this, Colette! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  I think I’ll start one of these groups right now. Never too late, right?  And hey, did you have a “BLONDE REQUIREMENT” in order for inclusion into your group! What a GORGEOUS group of ….girls!

  2. Three cheers for girlfriends dear!!!!!  I don’t know who I’d be if it wasn’t for my girlfriends.  Even better when it’s a get-together that’s somewhere other than home.  How fortunate you are, Colette, to have such a wonderful group of friends who “make” the time to get together.  Love it!

  3. Love this post Colette – connection with the girls is so important!  That’s why I love this group of bloggers and our time at NSA.  It’s great that you have a history with these women that no time can erase.  And, Linda’s question is a valid one – do you have to be blonde to be a six-pack?  :)

  4. No blond requirements, but at least four of us started out that way! The other two joined in later in life.  Now we all spend way too much time getting our roots done!!

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