Working Out with Your Partner: Benefits and Tips
Incorporating enough exercise into your routine can feel like a chore, but having a partner to work out with can help to make it less tedious. Exercise is more enjoyable when you do it with someone you enjoy being around and who can challenge you in a positive way, so why not try working out with your significant other? Read on to find out why you should give it a go.
The Benefits of Working Out with a Partner
- You’ll motivate and support each other. Sticking with an exercise regime can be difficult, but always having your partner there to share any struggles with and to receive encouragement from can make it a lot easier.
- When you exercise with your partner, you’re more likely to have a balanced workout routine because you’re likely to favour different areas of fitness. If one of you prefers aerobic exercise while the other prefers strength-building exercises, you’ll switch between the two. You can help your partner with the areas you’re stronger in, and they can help you with the ones you’re less sure of.
- It’s a good way to regularly spend quality time together. Careers or other responsibilities can keep you apart for a large part of the week, but working out together rather than separately ensures you both get the exercise you need without sacrificing that important one-on-one time that every relationship needs.
Tips for Exercising Together
Not sure how to get into working out with your partner? Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Stretch together. Stretching before and after a workout can really help to improve your flexibility, increasing the ability of your joints to move through their full range of motion. Having a partner to assist your stretches and give you a soft push in one direction can be extra helpful.
- Sign up for a class together. Whether it’s a salsa dancing class, a yoga class or adult swimming lessons, you’ll enjoy learning a new skill together and adding a new hobby to the list of things you have in common – while, of course, getting some beneficial physical activity.
- Walk or jog together in intervals. If you’re a slow jogger and your partner is faster, work at the faster partner’s pace for a few minutes, then at the slower person’s pace for a few minutes. The slower partner will be able to build speed while trying to keep up with the faster partner, and the faster partner can cool down and recover a little while working at the slower partner’s pace.
- If you want to work out with your partner while still going at your own pace, simply go to the gym together and pick two cardo machines next to each other. You’ll be able to talk to each other and spur each other on, while also being able to work at your own speed and intensity.
Working out together doesn’t always have to mean doing exercises that involve direct interaction with each other. You can do any form of exercise while keeping each other company. Stick to the exercises you enjoy and that you find to be beneficial – simply do them side by side.
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