Couples who exercise together, stay together. Fit couples are more likely to stay together for a number of reasons, but the main reason is because they have a shared interest in their own, and each other’s fitness and health. They push each other to be better, and they support each other’s struggles.
When an active person and a sedentary person start dating one of three things will happen. They could both become active; going to the gym, hiking, rock climbing, running, swimming, etc. They could both become sedentary; going out to eat more frequently, going to the movies, staying in and play video games, etc. Unfortunately the third option is that they could grow apart as a couple, due to the fact that their lifestyles are so innately different.
It has been found that fit couples who exercise together have reduced stress levels and are less likely to fight over petty differences. This leads to improved intimacy, unconditional support and higher energy levels among partners. There are many different workouts that fit couples can do together to strengthen their muscles, and their emotional bond all at the same time. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Couple’s Yoga – There are many yoga poses that are perfect for couples to engage in together, including yab yum, tandem boat, and dancer duo.
- The Wall Sit And Dip – Once partner one settles into a wall sit partner two can perform tricep dips using the knees of partner one as a stability platform.
- Kneeing Partner Twist – (Medicine ball required) Kneel on the ground, facing away from each other. Both parties should slowly twist to one side so that partner one can easily pass the medicine ball to partner two. Both partners will then twist to the other side, where the ball will be passed back to partner one again. Continue in this direction for 45-60 seconds then repeat in the opposite direction for an additional 45-60 seconds.
- Partner Lunge – Stand about arms length apart, facing your partner, and hold hands. Partner one lunges forward with their right leg as partner two lunges backward with their left leg. Reverse so that person one lunges backward with their right leg and person two lunges forward with their left leg. Do 8-10 reps this way, and then switch legs.
- High Five Push Ups – Get into a push-up position, facing each other, with your heads about arms length apart. Do slow 8 count push-ups (4 counts down and 4 counts up) and at the end of each push up celebrate with your partner by giving each other a high five (remain in plank position for the high five).
- Push-Up Wall Sit/Squat – Partner one should get into a push-up position with their feet resting in the hands of partner two. Partner two should assume a wall sit position and stay there for the remainder of partner one’s push-ups or, for more of a challenge, partner two should squat with each push-up that partner one does. Switch positions, and do it again.
- In-Sync Squats – Standing about arms length apart and facing each other, each partner should take the hands of the other and slowly begin to descend into a squat. No partner should move faster than the other, as staying in sync with each other is the best way to maximize balance and focus on form.
- Partner Press – Partner one treats partner two like a human bench press in this exercise. Laying flat on the ground partner one raises their arms into the air awaiting partner two. Partner two is required to keep their body stiff (like a board) during this workout, while partner one picks them up and holds them horizontally, perpendicular to themselves, and lifts them up and lowers them down (in a bench pressing motion). This exercise should only be completed if partner one is capable and comfortable lifting person two’s body weight, and if person two is comfortable being lifted.
- Medicine Ball Sit Up – Sit facing each other in a sit up position (knees bent, with toes touching each others). Partner one takes a medicine ball and holds it against their chest as they lay back then sits up and passes the ball off to partner two. Partner two then lays back before sitting up and passing the ball back to partner one. Complete 8-10 reps before taking a break.
The science behind coordinated workouts is simple. Nonverbal matching or mimicking exercises help people to feel emotionally harmonized and closer. Fit couples who engage in these types of activities, such as: matching an exercise pace, or mimicking the rhythm of partner workouts, are more likely to experience an emotional bond or connection with their partner than others. This Valentine’s day, skip the chocolate and movie and instead opt for a romantic night at the gym, strengthening your emotional bond, while you strengthen your bodies.
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