5 Fun Exercise Routines for You and Your Partner
Getting motivated may be the most difficult aspect of staying fit. With a job, a family, and other responsibilities, using your precious free time to exercise is not that alluring. This is because, unless you’re a fitness nut, going to the gym and working out is just not that fun. Finding a partner to exercise with, however, may be just the thing to get your butt in gear. A partner can help motivate you when you feel like slacking off and a partner can challenge you to improve.
Once you find a partner – which can be your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or just a friend – then it is important to get into a routine you both can handle and that you both find interesting. The following is a list of 5 exercise routines that will not only get you and your partner in great shape, but they are also fun to do.
Yoga is great for anyone trying to get in shape. It stretches out your muscles, increases flexibility, strengthens your core, and has been shown to improve circulation. It is also something that can be done by anyone, almost anywhere. You do not need to be incredibly athletic or coordinated in order to enjoy yoga and you can do it right in your living room.
Kickboxing is an amazing full body workout that also allows you take out all of your pent up frustration on a heavy bag that can act as a placeholder for anything (or anyone) in your life. Having a partner to practice with and train with makes this workout even more enjoyable and you will be counting the minutes until your next session. Do not worry about injuries since most kickboxing classes are for cardio only, and you won’t actually be fighting anyone (unless you want to track down the full contact kickboxing in your area – just be sure to alert your pharmacy technician beforehand).
Grab a partner and hit the courts for an exhilarating, total-body workout. Just hitting the ball around for fun is a great aerobic exercise in which you will also build muscles in your legs, core, and arms. If defending a whole side of the tennis court on your own seems a bit daunting, grab a couple more friends and play doubles. You will still run quite a bit and your dominant arm will need be iced after the first few matches.
Most people think that rock climbing is a sport for daredevils. That may be how this activity first came about, but now it can be enjoyed safely by people of all ages. Most rock climbing now takes place in the comfort and safety of your local rock gym. Most gyms offer affordable memberships and after just a little bit of instruction both you and your partner will be on your way to one of the best upper body workouts around.
If you and your spouse (or boyfriend/girlfriend) have decided to partner up and start getting in shape, dancing is a fantastic full-body and cardio workout that can also help bring you closer as a couple. Most cities have multiple dance studios offering instruction in a wide-range of dances, all of which are a fun way to get in shape. You and your partner will also be the hit of your next wedding reception or trip to the club.
If you are ready to get in shape and have fun, too, you will want to make sure you have proper nutrition, plenty of water and the ability to rest when you know you need to rest. Talking to a doctor before beginning any exercise regiment is recommended to prevent injuries. Also, check with your local pharmacy technician before beginning any nutritional supplements or new vitamin regime.