Working out solo has its benefits: you stay focused, you choose the activities and no one has to see (or smell) you sweat. But if your partner is health-minded, like you, exercising together every once in a while has its perks, too. For starters, pairing up in the gym is known to help people stick with their goals. Your sex life might also get a boost (think of all those endorphins flowing!).
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, forget about chocolate and candlelit dinners. Grab your partner and get moving with these creative couples’ workouts:
Weight training isn’t just for men. Work on building strength together, whether it’s in the weight room at the gym or doing resistance exercises together. If your partner already has a routine in place, let him or her teach it to you (adjusting weight, of course, to your skill level). Practicing proper form is a great way to get close, physically, and if you stick with the program, you’ll bond over improvements you’ve made in shape.
If you’ve never worked out together before, a class is a great place to start. Sign up for something new to both of you””cross fit, kickboxing or a boot camp. As beginners, you”ll learn together, and you can motivate each other to master the exercise.
Whether it’s a hike or bike ride on a local trail or a weekend of skiing or snowboarding, take your workout outdoors for a change of pace and more intense workout. Leaving the familiarity of the gym, neighborhood or home studio puts you””together””in a new and challenging environment. If you plan a day trip, bring along a picnic lunch for a romantic break.
Race to the finish
A little competition can be healthy! Sign up for a local race and train together, or create a course of your own and race each other. Racing is not only great for motivation, it’s fun (especially when there’s a prize such as a massage or foot rub waiting at the finish line).
Bust a move
An hour of dancing can burn up 300 calories. So disco, tango or salsa the night away in the name of fitness. You’ll not only work up a sweat, you’ll improve coordination and build greater trust in each other.