It’s Valentine’s Day. Sure it might be tempting to go the expected route for this couple’s holiday and eat an entire box of chocolates, splurge on a romantic dinner or skip a workout in favor of a movie. A date night doesn’t have to derail your diet. You can keep your love life and our fitness on track at the same time. Spend quality time with your partner while you stay on track to reach your goals in February and beyond.
Six Benefits of Exercising with Your Partner
Your fitness level and exercise goals may be very different than those of your Valentine. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t exercise together. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to give it a try.
- Safety. With someone else watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, you’ll exercise more safely than if you were alone. Besides, who cares more about your safety than your soul mate?
- Quality time. Couples spend most of their time apart due to careers, carpools and other responsibilities. Plan a workout time that fits both of your schedules. You’ll be taking care of yourself as well as making time for each other.
- A common interest. Add exercise to your list of shared interests and hobbies. The possibility for new, unique activities is endless and keeps things exciting. You can never have too much in common.
- Motivation and support. Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It will help both of you remain consistent and take care of one another.
- Respect and pride. Taking care of your body and your health shows the person you care about that you want to be your best for them—and that you want to be around for years to come.
- Balance. In many couples, one partner tends to favor cardio (typically women) while the other tends to favor strength training (typically men). By working out together you can balance your workout program to include more of both. Let your partner teach you about the areas of fitness you’re unsure of and be open to new fitness experiences.
Opposites attract. But couples with different fitness levels can still have a fun and meaningful workout. Here are some ideas for your Valentine’s day exercise date.
- Go for cardio, which will allow you both to work at your own intensity level. Group classes like boot camps allow each participant to cater the workout to their personal fitness level, meaning that you both get the workout you want—easy, challenging, or somewhere in the middle. You’ll both get the most out of your workout while spending time together.
- When walking or jogging outside, try intervals. If you are a slow jogger and your significant other is faster, intervals will be perfect for both of you. Work at one partner’s faster pace for a few minutes, and then recover at the other person’s slower pace. Intervals are also a great way to improve your fitness level and speed over time. Before you know it, you’ll both be able to work at the same pace together.
- 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. What’s more, touching is proven to have other healthful benefits, like lowering blood pressure and relieving tension or pain.
- Enjoy the great outdoors. Create a more active lifestyle together by going outside. While these outings may not always count as traditional cardio or strength training, every bit of activity you do will benefit your body and your health. Hiking, canoeing, tossing a football, recreational cycling, rafting, and just enjoying a nice, leisurely walk at the end of the day—all of these beat an evening in front of the TV.
- Change it up. Try your partner’s exercise ideas just as you want them to try yours. If you have trouble agreeing, compromise. For example, do your walking routine on one day, and your partner’s upper body strength routine the next. Be open-minded, but keep your partner’s needs (fitness level, goals, and comfort level) in mind too.
- Sign up for a class together. Consider trying a new class or sport that would be challenging and interesting for both of you – martial arts, boot camp, ballroom dancing, or a coed softball league. With both of you as beginners, you and your sweetie could have something new and exciting in common.
This Wednesday, February 13th at Serenity Day Spa and Wellness Center, we are offering a couples’ TRX class. When you bring a partner, he or she receives half price for the class! Sign up now by calling Barb at 267-218-3798 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
The couple that plays together stays together. Make a date that will really make a difference. Exercising with your partner will strengthen your muscles, your heart, and your relationship.