Work out and build your relationship fitness

Work out and build your relationship fitness

Nothing beats a good, secure relationship. But when things get too comfortable you can lose your motivation to keep yourself trim and healthy. Taking on a fitness regime alone can also be daunting. So why not make a joint effort ?

Why do it together?

  • If you choose to fight the battle of the bulge together you’re much more likely to succeed. Recent research shows that getting fit is much easier if your partner joins in too.
  • Working towards a common goal helps you bond, earns mutual respect and gives you precious time together.
  • You will strengthen the foundations of your relationship. Playing badminton together could show you a streak of determination you didn’t know was there, while he might spy the competitive side in you when you check who can hold the plank the longest!

It’s a good idea to try things you don’t usually do, or test new fitness trends. Some fun ideas for couple workouts include:

Couple workouts

  • Martial arts –do you fancy grappling, throwing, boxing  and staring out your partner? Martial arts give you the chance to perfect some close-contact skills together, decrease stress and give an amazing workout.
  • Home exercises – there are plenty of online workouts for couples which are great when you have a spare 5 minutes at home.
  • Racquet sports  - Tennis, badminton and squash will give you quality time with your partner whilst getting exercise.  Short bursts of energy are required, and you can build up speed, agility and strength.
  • Weight lifting – the great thing about weights is you can be completely different fitness levels and still workout together. You can switch machines with your partner, work through all body parts and motivate each other by yelling ‘gimme 5 more!’.

Remember, couples who play together, stay together. So have fun and get fit!

 

 


The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

Comments

craig t.
25 February 2015

craig t.

To be honest I like to have a break away from my other half - that's a bonus of going to the gym!

Sarah L.
22 February 2015

Sarah L.

I'd just like to 'shout out' to my partner who encouraged me to wrap up and go for a walk yesterday. Needed that 'push' when a comfy sofa beckons!

Sasha B.
21 February 2015

Sasha B.

I highly recommend having a 'rough tussle' with your partner. It certainly gets the adrenaline and heartrate going and often ends in a kiss and cuddle :)

Roger B.
19 February 2015

Roger B.

child care for older ones is indeed difficult - it is the gap between the creche years and when they can be parked in the cafe, or even join in. I wonder if there are classes for the whole family?

Matthew C.
17 February 2015

Matthew C.

The problems starts when you have kids and someone has to be at home to look after them. Roll on to when they're teenagers and I can go running with my wife again.

Frank H.
16 February 2015

Frank H.

I wish I could convince my wife to work out with me but it doesn't seem likely. After a few months at my gym I got to know the familiar faces though and sometimes I work out with a couple of them which is good.

Clare R.
15 February 2015

Clare R.

excellent idea - no-one should be a sports widow or widower. And here's to gyms with creches so it works for parents too!

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