Couple’s workouts spice up fitness—and your partnership
Brendan Rolfe, CPHR, BA, DipA
Can it save your relationship? Maybe. Can it save your life? Definitely! Working out with a partner (and not just beside them) can not only improve your heart health, but it can also enhance your mental and physical connection.
Are you and your partner lacking communication, feeling frustrated, maybe thinking of taking a break? Life, business, tennis, it doesn’t matter—research has shown that exercising with a partner can help alleviate the frustration that often leads to feelings of resentment, and improve communication and function in any kind of relationship.
There is more to a relationship than just initial attraction. Sure, your partner’s trim physique may have caught your eye when you first met, but anyone that’s been in a committed relationship knows it takes a lot of work to keep that spark alive—and I’m not just talking about working on your pipes.
A recent study found that couples who exercised together not only reported more positive marital events and fewer negative events, but more importantly, had higher marital satisfaction rates on the days when they exercised together. I’m no Dr. Phil, but counselling may have just met its match.
When it comes to matters of the heart, aerobic exercise, such as running, cycling, and swimming, has been shown to be an effective training tool for cardiac health; however it’s far from being all your body needs.
Any fitness program is incomplete without resistance training to keep your heart, as well as your muscles and joints, functioning optimally. More and more research is also highlighting the benefits to mind and soul.
So how can you get the most bang from your workout? Bodyweight circuit-style training with a partner is a great option to spice up your fitness routine, your love life, and maybe even heal two hearts with one carefully aimed stone.
If you’re looking for a great way to break the tension or the ice, all can be overcome quickly once you get into this fun and unique partner sweat session, comprised of five exercises designed to get your heart racing.
Muscles targeted: glutes, quads hamstrings, heart (2 sets of 20 repetitions)
Muscles targeted: core, shoulders, glutes, heart (2 sets of 20 repetitions)
Muscles targeted: shoulders, core, quads, glutes, hamstrings (2 sets of 10 repetitions per leg)
Get ready to have fun!
Muscles targeted: obliques, core, shoulders, back (2 sets of 10 repetitions per side)
Muscles targeted: chest, triceps, shoulders, core (2 sets of 10 repetitions)
Word to the wise, the lighter partner should go on top!
If you and your partner have workout ideas that really should go viral, tweet a video to @aliveHealth. We’d love to see how creative you can be!
Dancing, at all stages of life, has been linked to enhanced cognitive function, physical performance, and feelings of happiness and satisfaction with the dancer’s partner.
There’s a style of dance for everyone, be it country-style line dancing, hip hop, ballroom, or what my wife and I frequently practise in the privacy of our own home: silly anything-goes impromptu dance-party style (you will never see video evidence of this).
You can go take a casual drop-in class at any rec centre, you can take structured lessons at a dance school, or you can just get ridiculous when your favourite song comes on at home. The point is, just dance, baby!