The new “sweatworking” craze is the ultimate multitask. Work.It.Out.

What if we told you that those two friends physique1pedaling on indoor bikes or heaving kettle bells next to you aren’t pals at all? Instead, it’s a job interview, or a business deal in the works.

In these hyper-scheduled times, the super-savvy are “sweatworking,” getting a workout in and connecting with colleagues and clients at the same time. Sayonara after-work drinks and stiff client dinners.

Intrigued? Here are 5 more great reasons to take up sweatworking:

  • It’s an ice-breaker. “It’s easier to start talking to someone over a workout” than traditional meet-ups like drinks, says Chelsea Kocis co-founder and COO at Swerve Fitness. “There’s a natural talking point in a workout – ‘that song was great,’ ‘how was the workout for you,’ that kind of thing.” Plus, “It gives you something to talk about with people in the office, when you might not have other things in common with them,” adds Kari Saitowitz, founder of The Fhitting Room.

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  • You really get to know people. “There’s interaction in our classes, it breaks down barriers, levels the playing field,” Saitowitz says. “The most junior person on the team might be the most fit person, and you might never know that just from talking at work.” Also, “It’s challenging but super empowering. There’s a feeling of ‘we got this’ and ‘we accomplished something,’ which is so much more of a bonding experience than going out for a drink together,” says Jennifer Billet, vice president of marketing for Physique 57.
  • It’s healthier. “I work freelance from home, so I have little contact with people on a daily basis,” says Christine Gallary, food editor at large for The Kitchn. “Colleagues usually suggest meeting up for coffee. But you end up sitting down the whole time, and then I end up having a cookie or a pastry. I decided to start something new. So a colleague and I decided to meet over an urban hike. Conversation flowed really easily because we were moving, and it felt great because we got fresh air.” Notes Billet: “Everybody is so health-conscious these days. People don’t want to go out for a big meal or drink a lot. (Sweatworking) is a way to accomplish something healthy and interact with your client.”
  • It’s economical. Both Kocis and Saitowitz note that even at a hot boutique fitness studio, the price of a class and then a juice or smoothie afterwards is often less than the bill for a steak dinner or cocktails and nibbles at a swanky bar. For Gallary, holding a meeting over a walk or hike means “not spending a dime.”
  • It eliminates sneaking around. For job seekers, constantly having to come to work dressed in interview-appropriate attire and a regular stream of “dentist appointments” can get awkward. But no one looks at you funny when you leave for a lunchtime workout, or head out a few minutes early here and there to catch your favorite cycling class.

Ready to start? Here are a few tips for sweatworking like a pro:

  • Schedule talk time. “The key is making time to connect with the person that you’re going with,” Kocis notes. “Make sure you have time to grab a juice or something afterwards so you can talk more.” (Our post workout go-to: LuliTonix “Black Magic” Rejuvelixir? Made with activated charcoal— it flushes out toxins from the body, and not to mention, it’s a great conversation piece!)
  • Try it for groups. Sweatworking is great for that one-on-one connection, but it also fosters relationships among teams. Rent out a studio for a private class, or organize a group activity like a field day or a hike. “Our instructors use people’s names,” says Billet. “It’s nice because you get to know people’s names in a very organic way.”
  • Gauge fitness levels first. “Make sure the person you’re going with is really prepared for the class you’re taking them to,” Kocis advises. “Make sure they have the right level of fitness, and the comfort level with trying something new if a certain class is new to them.”
  • Let HealthKick hook you up. Looking for creative, active fun for your next client meeting or team building event? Mix it up and give sweatworking a “spin”!  We’ll take care of all the details, so all you have to do is lace up your sneaks and show up. Send us a line: info@healthkickny.com or submit below.

 

Go ahead, tantalize your tastebuds…we dare you

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HealthKick has paired up with two of our favorite partners Almond and OurHarvest to inspire you in the kitchen with some healthy, fresh summer recipes. Almond nutritionist and overall health nut, Jessica Katz has shared three of her favorite fresh, healthy go-to recipes with us, all with ingredients you can easily find on OurHarvest.

Receive 25% OFF your OurHarvest orders this week only, using promo code: HEALTHKICK (plus free delivery for first-time customers only). Happy cooking!

SWEET AND SPICY AVOCADO TOAST 

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Yield: 1 slice (can be doubled)

1 slice multigrain pullman bread

¼ ripe avocado

1 to 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Pink Himalayan salt

1 to 2 tsp. olive oil

½ small tomato, diced

1 large egg, lightly fried and/or 1 to 2 oz. smoked wild salmon, optional

HOW:

Toast bread. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mash avocado, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning. When toast is ready, brush on one side with oil, then spread avocado mixture on top. Sprinkle tomato over. Top with egg and/or salmon, if desired.
“BAGEL AND LOX”
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Serves: 1

Olive oil

1 4- to 6-oz. Organic Scottish Salmon

Everything Bagel Topping

Lemon juice

Salt

Black Pepper Simple Syrup

 HOW:

Preheat broiler to high; line a baking sheet with foil and oil foil. Place an oven rack about 4 inches from heat source. Lightly brush salmon filet all over with olive oil. If there is skin on the fish, place it skin side down on the sheet. Generously spoon Everything Bagel Topping over salmon, sprinkle with lemon juice and lightly season with salt. Broil fish until desired doneness, about 6 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness of fish and how well done you like it. (Use a fork to open up the thickest part to check.)

AVO DEVILED EGGS

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Yield: 4 egg halves

2 large eggs

¼ ripe avocado, chopped

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Salt (preferably Himalayan pink salt)

HOW:

  1. To hard-boil eggs, place them in a saucepan with a lid. Cover with cold water. Turn stove on to high and bring to a rolling boil. Turn off heat, cover pan and let stand for 9 minutes.
  2. Drain eggs and run under cold water. Peel eggs, cut in half and remove yolks. (Save yolks for another use.)
  3. In a small bowl, combine avocado, crushed red pepper flakes and lemon juice; mash with a fork until well combined. Taste and season with salt (add additional red pepper flakes, if desired). Spoon avocado mixture into egg white halves, filling the space where the yolk was.

Jessica Katz M.S. R.D.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from Princeton University, Jessica began her career at Vogue magazine, working for the Editor in Chief. Jessica studied nutrition science at New York University, where she completed clinical rotations at NYU Langone Medical Center. Jessica is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition.