Getting motivated may be the most difficult aspect of staying fit. With a job, a family, and other responsibilities, using your precious free time to exercise is not that alluring. This is because, unless you’re a fitness nut, going to the gym and working out is just not that fun. Finding a partner to exercise with, however, may be just the thing to get your butt in gear. A partner can help motivate you when you feel like slacking off and a partner can challenge you to improve.
Once you find a partner – who can be your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or just a friend – then it is important to get into a routine you both can handle and that you both find interesting. The following five exercise routines will not only get you and your partner in great shape, they are also fun to do.
Yoga is great for anyone trying to get in shape. It stretches out your muscles, increases flexibility, strengthens your core, and has been shown to improve circulation. It is also something that can be done by anyone, almost anywhere. You do not need to be incredibly athletic or coordinated to enjoy yoga and you can do it right in your living room.
Kickboxing is an amazing full body workout that also allows you take out all of your pent-up frustration on a heavy bag that can act as a placeholder for anything (or anyone) in your life. Having a partner to practice with and train with makes this workout even more enjoyable and you will be counting the minutes until your next session. Don’t worry too much about injuries since most kickboxing classes are for cardio only; you won’t actually be fighting anyone (unless you want to track down the full-contact kickboxing activities in your area).
Grab a partner and hit the courts for an exhilarating, total-body workout. Just hitting the ball around for fun is a great aerobic exercise in which you will also build muscles in your legs, core, and arms. If defending a whole side of the tennis court on your own seems a bit daunting, grab a couple more friends and play doubles. You will still run quite a bit and your dominant arm will need be iced after the first few matches.
4. Rock Climbing
Most people think that rock climbing is a sport for daredevils. That may be how this activity first came about, but now it can be enjoyed safely by people of all ages. Most rock climbing now takes place in the comfort and safety of your local rock gym. Most gyms offer affordable memberships and after just a little bit of instruction both you and your partner will be on your way to one of the best upper-body workouts around.
If you and your spouse (or boyfriend/girlfriend) have decided to partner up and start getting in shape, dancing is a fantastic full-body and cardio workout that can also help bring you closer as a couple. Most cities have multiple dance studios offering instruction in a wide range of dances, all of which are a fun way to get in shape. You and your partner will also be the hit of your next wedding reception or trip to the club.
If you are ready to get in shape and have fun, too, you will want to make sure you have proper nutrition, drink plenty of water, and rest when you know you need to rest. Talking to a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen is recommended to prevent injuries.Powered by Sidelines