Work out with your partner

Spending quality time together as a couple doesn’t need to stay at the restaurant, going to the movies, or even cuddling at home. You and your partner can spend quality time together while you stay on track to reach your ‘Fitness Goals’.

The two of you may be at different fitness levels and have different goals, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise together. There are plenty of reasons to give it a try:

The Benefits of Exercising with Your Partner

• Quality Time. Couples spend most of their time apart due to careers and other responsibilities. Instead of hitting the gym alone, plan a workout time that fits both of your schedules. You’ll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing that one-on-one time that every partnership needs.

• Motivation & Support. Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It’ll help both of you remain consistent and take care of one another.

• A Deeper Bond. Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress, and also increase arousal and libido. Several studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.

Here are some great ideas to get you started:

PARTNER YOGA

Yoga with a partner is a wonderful experience, and you can learn how to stay flexible and trim with your partner right by your side.

SALSA DANCING

Sign up for a class together. What better way to boost those feel-good vibes than a salsa dance sequence? Salsa is a great couples workout, giving you both the chance to learn some new moves—on and off the dance floor!

SIDE-BY-SIDE CARDIO

Do cardio side-by-side. At the gym, simply pick two cardio machines next to each other and work towards your individual goals. You’ll be together but can each work at your own speed, intensity, incline and resistance level. You can challenge each other on the machines, keep each other motivated, and coordinate your pace so you’re reaching your goals

STRENGTH TRAINING

When strength training at the gym, "work in" (switch places) with one another between sets. About 90 seconds of rest between sets is beneficial anyway. So while you rest, your partner can complete one set of the exercise.

TAKE A HIKE!

Enjoy the great outdoors. Go hiking, cycling, rafting, camping, swimming and just enjoying a nice, leisurely walk at the end of the day—all of these beat an evening in front of the TV.

STRETCHING

Stretch together. Assisted stretching has major benefits for your flexibility. Giving your partner a gentle tug or soft push in one direction can be helpful—just don’t overdo it.

BUILD A "STRONG" RELATIONSHIP

Working out as a couple is an easy way to stay motivated with your exercise routine. Besides, pumping yourselves full of endorphins, exercise will improve your mood, help you lose weight, and just leave you feeling great........

A QUICKIE COUPLE WORKOUT

Here is a sample plan of exercises that you can do anywhere together, while both getting a workout suited to your level. This circuit-based workout involves quickly transitioning between strength exercises to increase the aerobic quality of the workout. You can both do these exercises simultaneously, without resting in between—talk about a quick workout!

Spend five minutes warming up before your workout and cooling down afterwards. Try walking on the treadmill or marching in place.

Exercises: Try 8-15 repetitions of each set of muscle group as outlined below. Each person should work at their own level, using either the easy, intermediate, or advanced version Complete the whole circuit up to three times.

- Legs (Squats, Hamstring curls, Lunges)

- Chest (Push-ups, Chest press)

- Biceps (Arm curls, Hammer curls)

- Shoulders (Overhead press, Side Lateral raises)

- Triceps (Push downs, Dips)

- Abdominal (Crunches)

- Back (Extensions)

- Glutes (Kick backs)

Don’t forget the stretches in between sets

Author:.

ALTHEA SHAH GENERAL MANAGER – OPERATIONS & FITNESS EXPERT – GOLD’S GYM INDIA Althea is the head of Operations and Public Relations of Gold’s Gym, India. She is a fitness expert certified in Fitness Management, Personal Training & Group Exercise Instructor – Aerobics and Schwin Cycle Spinning. Having been trained at the Gold’s Gym university Althea guides and trains staff at Gold’s Gym on basics of fitness and the art of selling memberships effectively, guiding people to make fitness th...

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