It’s the month of love, and if you love getting fit, healthy and happy then this is the month for you and your loved one to get fit together! To help you get started, we put together a list of workout ideas that can be done as a couple. Don’t have a significant other? Grab your bestie, neighbor, coworker, or anyone else who is looking for a workout partner.
Could working out with your significant other could help you reach or maintain your fitness goals? While we’re not sure if couples who sweat together, stay together, studies have shown that having someone to work out with can lead to better results since it helps with motivation and accountability.
Jogging offers a ton of cardio benefits and doesn’t require as much of an investment. In fact, a good pair of running shoes and you’re ready to go. Just don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout so that runners high doesn’t end on a sore note. Once you’ve gotten your runner’s high, why not sign up for a 5K and train together?
If jogging isn’t your thing—or you’re not ready (or wanting) to hit the ground running, a power walk is a perfect way to hit your stride and will still offer cardiovascular health benefits. It’s great for beginners! To avoid shin splints, give your body time to warm up first then slowly increase your intensity and or duration.
Tip: Keep it exciting by choosing different routes and trails. For added cardio, try incorporating hills for different elevations.
Plank it Out
Planks are a favorite for so many reasons. Not only do they help with one’s stability, but they are also a great core workout that complements strength and cardio routines. Not to mention planking can help with posture and even back pain. Ready to get planking with a partner? Start with encouraging words and help one another plank longer by focusing on each other.
Tip: As you get better you can add moves to your plank, like rolling a medicine ball back and forth or exchanging fist bumps with alternating arms.
Want to strengthen your leg muscles—how about those glutes and inner thighs? Wall squats can even help strengthen your abdominal muscles. All you need is a wall to get going with this workout. Pretend as if you are sitting on a chair with your back against the wall. Distraction is key here, so be sure and motivate one another while you’re at it.
Tip: Once you’ve mastered the move (or can do it for longer periods) switch out the wall for your partner by doing the move back to back.
Hit the Free Weights
The great thing about having a workout partner (in addition to motivation and accountability) is having someone to spot and time you. If you’re just starting out, this is a great way to offer breaks between workouts and ensure your form doesn’t get sloppy as your muscles start to fatigue. Arm workouts can include 10-12 bicep curls, tricep extensions, upright rows, chest presses, and more. As you get better, these moves can be done in unison.
Tip: To ensure you’re giving your muscles time to recover, switch up muscle groups on days that you strength train.
Go Halves on a Trainer
Whether you invest in an in-person coach or a virtual program, even once a week can help you and your significant other get an extra dose of accountability, the motivation you need to work out longer or harder, and expose you to new cardio or strength training moves. When you’re not with your trainer keep the momentum going with fun activities like pickleball, power walking, kickboxing, or whatever suits you both.
Tip: If you aren’t wanting to splurge on a trainer, you can always assume the role yourself and switch off who designs the workout for the day.
Cardio Strength Mashup
In 30-second to one-minute intervals, try switching out cardio for strength training. For example, one person can do situps, squats, or lunges, while the other does jumping jacks, jumping rope, or stair climbing—then switch. There are tons of free workout ideas available online to reference for proper strength training forms and cardio ideas that require little to no equipment.
Tip: The goal here is to mix things up so you don’t get bored. Plus, it’s a great way to discover new moves.
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