The Couple That Exercises Together, Stays Together

Many of us have extremely busy schedules where it just seems that there aren't enough hours in the day. Between jobs and trying to spend time with loved ones, it is not always easy to accomplish all the things we set out to each day.  However, there is a perfect way to combine both working out, and spending time with your significant other.

“If you think exercise is strictly solo, think again. It can be great fun with your partner,” according to an article in Gulf News by Nathan Brown.  Many couples have different schedules that make joint workouts a challenge, but the benefits are worth the effort. “Working out together creates a new bond, acting as a motivator to get to the gym, and creating a better understanding of fitness needs,” according to Brown.

So Why Work Out With a Loved One?

Time together.  In today’s world, working out together could be a way to spend some quality time together and become fitter.

New experiences. This is the perfect time to try something new. Your husband or wife may have never considered yoga, and you may not have planned to try surfing or tennis, but a few trial runs might deliver some cool surprises for both of you.

The best moral support. Your partner knows you better than anyone. And an encouraging word can come at just the right moment. Plus, it is difficult to dodge your daily workout with your workout partner seated right across the dinner table.

Spark and zest. Choose the best number of joint workouts for you. Share the experience but also build in some solo space.

Important Tips to Remember:

• Retain some personal time.  Many people like to reconnect with themselves while jogging or biking. So mix up the times and get the best of both worlds.
• Become more considerate. Be aware of different fitness levels and be generous in helping to support each other.
• Go easy on the lessons. Don’t become the gym teacher. Make suggestions, but don’t teach.
• Mix in some fun options. Head off to a salsa or tango dance class, or a session of zumba.
• Get some fresh air. Try sailing, hiking, climbing, scuba diving, or tandem biking. You will get fitness with adventure and break the monotony of a regular exercise schedule.
• Take a deep breath. Sit on the beach and focus on your breathing. It will calm your whole day. Finish with a jog and some stretches.
• Boot camp. This is perfect if you are both at the same fitness level. It is great to have a partner to chuckle and gasp with when one is trying to finish one of these sessions.

Whatever you select, if there are health limitations, run the program by your Chiropractor or Physician.  And stay flexible to find the best workouts for both of you. Enjoy.


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