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How to Plan and Host a Fabulous Fitness Party      

  • Fitness parties are a new craze! Unlike many other trends that have come and gone- fitness parties are seemingly here to stay. What an amazing concept-healthy food, fun, and fitness, all in one.

Okay, so you’re considering the idea of throwing a fitness party, but have no idea where to start as far as planning it. First things first, let’s find out what a fitness party is and why it’s becoming ever so popular. Fitness parties are not necessarily your “everyday” kind of party. Many fitness party-goers and and host alike, say their equally or more fun than a traditional party.

More than likely, you won’t see that three layer red velvet cake with creamy frosting and candles, or that cheesy enchilada casserole bake, and pepperoni pizza at this type of venue. These popular party treats are swapped for healthier and calorie conscious  food options. Additionally, you might even see some exercising with a little-a lot of sweating. One of my favorite aspects of planning this type of party is the opportunity you’ll have to be as creative, imaginative, and all out flexible as you wish!

 

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LET’S GET TO PLANNING! Where would you have your party? Your home might be one easily accessible option or you might opt for something a bit more elaborate or fitness appropriate. Gyms and fitness studios are now beginning to entertain the host of fitness parties or you might elect to rent a room at a hotel or spa retreat.

Here are some location Ideas:
Your Home
A Friend’s Place
Gym
Fitness Studio
Spa
Skating Rink
Park
Pool (water aerobics class)
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What’s your theme going to be? A health or exercise related theme is one of the most ideal options or you could go with something a little more calm and relaxed like a yoga. Whether you opt for an energy packed Zumba or a dynamic Pilates party, prepare for good for your heart and soul fun. And remember, the sky’s the limit- after all, it’s your party!
Maybe you’ll want to explore the option of getting instructor or personal trainer from your favorite gym to conduct a quick class with your favorite music. Remember that the theme should set the tone, scheme, and decor for your special occasion. For instance, if you’re going with a  yoga theme you might send out invitations on novelty paper rolled up like a miniature yoga mat- decorated with Feng Shui appeal. Or you can go the paperless route with, zazzle.com, punchbowl.com, postmark.com or e-vite ( these are only a few of the many online invitation sites) to customize your fitness themed party invite.
Theme ideas:
Mini Boot Camp
Yoga
Step Class
Swimming
Cycling
Roller Skating
Aerobics
Pilates
Personal Training Session
Dancing
Running
Hiking
Biking
Zumba

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Yoga theme, pictured

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Great, you’ve successfully narrowed down your theme. Now it’s time to decide what you will serve at your fitness festivity.  The menu selection will depend on your preferences and of course, what you think you’re guest will enjoy. You’ll also have to decide the way you want to present it. The wonderful thing is – you have plenty of options!
Are you thinking about having a healthy drink bar to include a variety of smoothies and yummy juice blends or you might prefer green tea or cucumber water with light appetizers.  Veggie spring rolls or a mixed green salads go great with a yoga themed party.
Keep in mind, once you select your theme, a plethora of healthy food options are just a “google” away. You can always search online for great recipes or healthy food options that are consistent with your selected theme. Take a peek at some of the fun party serving ideas we discovered. Adapt them to your favorite healthy beverages and food selections. Also, feel free to check out our Pinterest boards. Our “Foods We Love” and “Super Salads”, “Healthy Treats” and “Yummy Smoothies and Beverages” might be a great place to start your healthy food search.
Food Ideas:
Yogurt
Smoothies
Fruit Bar
Nutritious Finger Food Appetizers or Taco Bar
Salad Cups (see picture, click link for recipe)
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Hey, what about your party favors? I heart this part of planning and attending parties. It’s so nice sending goodies home with guests- such a nice gesture to show your appreciation for lending their time and consideration.
Guess what? There are a plethora of fun fitness options to meet your “fitness party favor” needs.  What about a pedometer? You can find these at varied prices from affordable to relatively expensive depending on the features. The Five Below store makes a good starting point. Take might want to peek at one of our Five Below articles, Fitness on a Budget  and Best Fitness and Wellness Finds for $5 and Less, to get some amazing ideas! Or, if you’re crafty, you might opt to make your favors- customized candles, soaps, homemade granola bars with your own personalized labels make awesome gifts. Whatever you decide, I recommend keeping it as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Remember, you’re planning a fun fitness party, not a black tie affair.
Party favor ideas:
Water Bottles
Jump Ropes
iTunes Gift Cards
Handmade Healthy Recipe Cards or Healthy Recipe Book
Homemade Parfaits-To-Go
Absorbent Hand/Gym Towels tied with a monogrammed bow
Headbands
Goody Bag filled with useful gym essentials (lip balm, water, energy bar, combination lock, weight gloves)
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click link for a yummy recipe from foodnetwork.com

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Frozen grapes or fruit of your choice make a yummy party favor-packed in small paper bags with a personal stamp or embossed to add an adorable finishing touch.
Hosting your own fabulous fitness party can be a great alternative to the ever so popular jewelry or purse party options.  A little imagination, creativity, and fitness fervor can take you a long way when it comes to planning and hosting a fitness party. The goal is to have a enjoyable experience with friends and get a little fitter and fabulous in the process.
Have you hosted a fitness party or do you plan to throw one? If so, please tell us all about it below!

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has since been revised and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.