Valentine’s Workout Ideas for Couples
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Now in honor of Valentine’s Day we wanted to ensure you had no excuses to skip out on those workouts just to spend a little alone time with your significant other; why not instead workout together?! Spark People shares the benefits of exercising with your partner as well as some ideas to get you started. We wanted to share a few of these benefits and ideas with our readers looking to get in a little fitness this Valentine’s, but be sure to check out the whole article Workout Ideas for Couples to find all of Spark People’s ideas!
The Benefits of Exercising with Your Partner
While you two may be at two different fitness levels and different fitness goals, that doesn’t mean you can’t find exercises to do together and still benefit just as much. Some 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 whom would you trust more than your significant other?!
- Quality Time. Due to our daily work schedules and other responsibilities, such as your workout, the majority of couples spend most of their time apart. So why not workout together finding a time that fits both your schedules. “You’ll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing that one-on-one time that every partnership needs.”
- Motivation and Support. One of the best motivators is having someone there encouraging and praising your efforts while working out, and who better to do that than your partner. You’ll work harder by wanting to show them you can do it and wanting to make them proud.
- A Deeper Bond. “Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress, and also increase arousal and libido. Sever studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.” There is reason enough to get your sweat on together.
Spark People went on to share some “great ideas to get you started”:
- Sign up for a class together. This can be anything from an aerobics class to salsa dancing. Anything that is going to get you two moving around while spending time together is perfect! Find something that interests the both of you to ensure it doesn’t turn into something one dreads doing and feels like their being dragged to.
- “Do cardio that allows you both to work at your own intensity level. Group classes like Spinning allow each participant to cater the workout to their fitness level, meaning that you both get the workout you want.” You can also each hop on a treadmill side by side and each go at your own pace.
- Stretch together to offer “major benefits for your flexibility.” Having your partner assist you will give you an extra stretch, just be sure not to overdo it.
- Try out one another’s exercise ideas. Working out together can give you two a chance to trying out different workouts and seeing what fitness interests your significant other has that differs from your own. Just be sure to “be open-minded, but keep your partner’s needs (fitness levels, goals, comfort level) in mind too.”
Check out LiveStrong’s Workouts for Couples to get even more ideas!
Now that you know why to workout together and some of ideas of what to do, here is a Quickie Couple Workout SparkPeople shared to get you started! Try out this circuit-based workout involving both strength and aerobic moves that you can both do simultaneously. Great excuse to give your heart and muscles some lovin’ and still spend quality time with your Valentine today!
Spend five minutes warming up before your workout and cooling down afterwards. Try walking on the treadmill, outside, or marching in place.
Exercises: Try 8-15 repetitions of each exercise below. Each person should work at their own level, using either the easy, intermediate, or advanced version (each exercise is listed in this order). Complete the whole circuit up to three times.
- Squats, Wall Squats with Ball, or Single Leg Squat & Bend
- Hamstring Stretch
- Modified Lunges, Forward Lunges, or Walking Lunges
- Quad Stretch
- Modified Pushups, Pushups, or Two-Part Pushups
- Biceps & Shoulder Stretch
- Dips with Bent Knees or Dips with Straight Legs
- Triceps Stretch
- Modified Plank or Plank
- Crunches with Twist or Bicycle Crunches
- Torso Stretch
- Back Extension or Superman
- Bridges, Bridge-ups, or Reverse Plank
- Gluteal & Outer Thigh Stretch
“The couple that plays together stays together. Exercising with your partner will strengthen your muscles, your heart, and your relationship.”