A new trend is officially gaining steam: Healthy Birthday Celebrations! When it come time to blow out the candles, it seems like boozing and binging are out and exercise and eating well are in.
To be fair, this could be a sign of being a certain number of years out of college, but I don’t think getting older is the only thing at work here. It’s probably about getting wiser too. I have definitely noticed an increase in the healthier birthday party: For my roommate’s birthday a year or two ago, we all woke up at six in the morning to go on a group run. We spent the rest of the day antique shopping, walking around town (even more exercise), and ended the night with a glass of champagne each.
That’s right. Birthdays do not have to be about totally throwing your healthy lifestyles out the window. Here are some fabulous (and yes, still really fun!) ideas for a more adult birthday party. Enjoy!
Fitness Class Fun
Yoga, Zumba, Indoor Cycling, Pilates, ballet, kickboxing?! There are so many different exercise classes that are an extremely good time—why not bring your friends? Your birthday wish can (and should!) absolutely revolve around getting your best pals to join the fitness class you love. A lot of gyms and fitness centers have group rates or bring-a-friend prices, so definitely take advantage of them. What better way to start a new year in your life than with a little healthy sweat alongside your best friends?
Group Run Get-Together
Similarly, a nice group run is a wonderful way to set yourself up for success. Start your special day off right with a gorgeous run outdoors. Yes, gyms are great, and treadmills are good for your joints, but Vitamin D is important and it’s a lot more fun to run en masse in a park or along a trail. You can even theme the run. How fun would it be to run with birthday hats on or along a trail of landmarks from your childhood? Make it a little more interesting and your friends will definitely be in.
Wine Tasting Win
Because I am not totally nuts, I do believe birthday parties should involve a bit of food and drink to pair with your fitness. There are thousands of wineries all over the world. Why not try a few out on your birthday? Get a few friends, sip wine, peruse the gift shops, treat yourself to some cheese and crackers, and get smarter! Take a bottle home and play a board game afterward.
Potluck Crowd Pleaser
My personal favorite way to stay healthy and happy on your birthday: eat at home! Potlucks are such a great way to stay healthy and within your budget. Have your pals bring side dishes while you make the main course—all healthy options, or whatever you feel like eating. Its’s your day! Oh, and go ahead and eat a bit of cake—it is your birthday after all.
May 14th, 2014