Many couples this time of year are looking for ways to rekindle and connect. Love is in the air! What is a great way to bond and strengthen your relationship? Why by strengthening your bodies of course!
You know how people are always looking for ways to stick to their health goals. We have an article all about it here.
Well, one of the best ways to keep yourself accountable is by having a workout buddy. Your significant other is one of the best people to fill that role. You know they care about you, you enjoy each other’s company, and after you can reward yourselves by sharing a shower together (ooh la la!)
There are so many advantages to working out as a couple, both to your health goals and your relationship goals.
- With your significant other watching, you’ll want to present the best version of yourself, so you’ll push yourself harder in your workout.
- You’ll share more time together.
- Sexy time will get sexier because you’ll feel more confident about your body and you’ll be stronger for a more adventurous time in bed.
- You learn to work as a team and support each other.
- Sharing a goal and helping each other reach it creates trust and respect in the relationship.
Have I convinced you yet? Good. Now let’s get into the workout.
Before you get into the workout, it’s important to warm your muscles up so prevent injury. You can do this in a variety of ways. If you enjoy running, a quick jog around the neighborhood or local track is a great start. You can also do some light bodyweight exercises.
Workout for Couples
This workout will involve some interaction with each other so that you feel like you’re actually working out together, not just working out at the same time. It involves six moves repeated four times, alternating places at times.
Move #1- Burpee with a high five
For this move, you need to start in a standing position facing each other, with enough room between you to place your hands on the ground.
In synchronization, get down into a push-up position and complete a push-up. Then jump your feet in towards the sides of your feet, planting them there. You should be in a stance similar to a frog.
Keeping your back straight, put your weight back on your heels and begin to stand. As you approach full standing position, hop up and give each other a double high five.
Get back into the push-up position and repeat the sequence. Do this for 30 seconds and rest 10 seconds. Repeat four times.
Move #2- The Lunge Waltz
For this move, you will need to be ready to move together as a couple. Stand facing each other and hold hands extended out in front of you. You will be doing forward lunges and reverse lunges in alternation.
While you are stepping forward with your left leg for a forward lunge, your partner will be stepping back with their left leg for a reverse lunge. Then you will reverse the move as you step back with your left leg and they step forward with their left leg. Keep this going for 30 seconds and rest for 10.
For the next set, you should be stepping forward and back with your right foot now. Complete two sets of the left and two sets of the right, alternating.
Move #3- The Twist and Kiss
For this move sit on the ground next to each other but facing opposite walls. Your knees should be bent and your feet flat on the floor with your back straight. You should be able to look into each other’s eyes and reach in for a kiss. If you can reach, you’re in the right position.
Next, lean back and raise your feet about a foot off the ground. Extend your arms out in front of you with your elbows bent and your palms in a fist. Raise your torso up and twist towards each other and kiss.
Lower and straighten and then raise your torso up and away from each other. Lower and repeat towards each other for a kiss. Repeating twisting towards and away from each other for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat four times.
Move #4- Squat Walk in the Park
You’ll feel your quads on fire with this move, but you’ll be on fire together! Face each other and sit back as if in an imaginary chair and hold hands. Continue to hold hands as you take 10 steps to the left.
Then pause and pulse your squats for a count of 10. Make sure you are keeping your knees behind your toes the entire time. Take 10 steps to the right and pulse your squat for a count of 10 again.
Repeat 10 steps to the left and to the right with pulses two more times then rest for 1 minute. Repeat this circuit four times.
Move #5- Seated Partner Overhead Press
This move involves one of you sitting and the other in plank position with their feel elevated over the seated one’s shoulders. As the one holds their plank position using their core muscles to stay straight, they will also feel a burn in their shoulders.
The other will be using the weight of the one in plank positions body as resistance for overhead presses. Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch places. Repeat four times each.
Move #6- Square Lifts
This move is similar to move #5. One partner will be lying on their back and the other will get into plank position in the opposite direction over the top of the one lying on the ground. They should be positioned feet to head on both ends.
The one on the ground grabs the ankles of the one in plank position and then raises their torso in a sit-up movement. The one in plank position should simultaneously bend at the hips and assume a pike press position.
Repeat for 30 seconds then switch positions. Repeat four times each.
Cool Down: After you have worked up a sweat with your sweetie, make sure you take time to stretch and cool down.
The day after your workout you might both feel a little soreness in your muscles. This would be a perfect time for a massage. Another excuse for some intimacy with added benefits certainly couldn’t hurt!
What do you think? Is this something that you would like to try with your special person? Not only will you have a lot of fun, but you will look forward to your workouts and stay consistent. This will result in both of you feeling healthier and more confident.
It’s important to remember that you are doing this as a team. Each individual should make sure to be positive, upbeat, and supportive. You might be at different fitness levels and that’s ok. Just adjust the moves to fit everyone’s goals. If you are both progressing, you’re doing things right.
And you don’t have to work out together every time. Once or twice a week is plenty to keep the fire alive.
There is no doubt that this good vibe will spill over into your relationship and help forge a closer emotional bond. This year, instead of chocolate, why not give your sweetheart the gift of shared goals and improved health?
Charles Laverty is chief executive officer and founder of Nuzuna. Mr. Laverty has committed four decades to health and fitness starting with his studies in physical education at Parsons College in Fairfield Iowa. An advocate for wellness and physical education, Mr. Laverty is a well-regarded writer and speaker on issues affecting the US healthcare system including adult and childhood obesity, coronary disease and healthcare reform.