It’s true, I still own a hoodie (What? They’re comfy!) but my days of hanging around the streets with my girlfriends are long gone. However the importance of doing group activities with other females is as important now as it was then.

Society is becoming increasingly isolated, many of our social interactions now take place online and we’re meeting up in person less and less. Texting and Facebook messaging have replaced speaking on the phone, which in turn replaced face to face communications. We’re becoming physically distant from each other and it’s concerning some sociologists.

Research has shown that in some species a lack of social interaction can detrimentally effect health and life expectancy.

As a species we are naturally social, we require verbal communication, touch and group bonding to thrive – if we don’t we can suffer from depression and negative self-esteem.

Finding Your Gang

There are lots of group activities to suit every taste. Why not challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and try something different? Here are a few ideas to get you started;

Choirs – Gareth Malone has popularised choirs again, almost every village or town has one and the camaraderie of singing and performing together can result in a wonderful group bonding experience.

Walking Clubs – whether it’s power walking or walking with a buggy, there are clubs to suit all tastes. Great for combining exercise with a nice chat.

Group Spa Days – If you prefer something a little more sedentary why not round your girlfriends up and organise a group spa day.

Dance Classes – Strictly Come Dancing’s popularity has ensured dance classes are springing up everywhere to meet the demand for this fun way to exercise. I’ve heard it’s a great way to meet a man too, so if you’re single and looking, you heard it here first!

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