Skip lunch/coffee with a friend … and try this instead!

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Next time you get together with a friend, make it a point to walk outdoors

Today I was supposed to have lunch with an acquaintance of mine—and instead, she suggested we go for an early morning walk in a local park. It was a great idea! Instead of sitting and talking over food, which studies show can sometimes result in you eating more than you want, we walked…and talked, despite the drizzling rain outdoors. And not only did I feel great afterward as I got fresh air and exercise, we also traded tips and advice about life with kids. So next time you’re supposed to have lunch or coffee with a friend, take it outdoors. You’ll feel invigorated!

Valerie LatonaAbout Valerie Latona
As the former editor in chief of Shape (the active lifestyle magazine) for 5 years, I personally spoke with a lot of women (thousands over the years, from around the nation) and what I found is this: it's not easy to stay healthy, to get (and stay) fit, and to stem the weight gain tide (and even the tide of disease) that inevitably happens to us as we get older.