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Workout Ideas for Couples

Put Your Love to the Fitness Test
  -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor
Sure it might be tempting to eat an entire box of chocolates, splurge on a romantic dinner or skip the gym in favor of a movie this Valentine's Day, but you don’t have to let your love life derail your plans to get fit this year. With these workout ideas for couples, you and your partner can spend quality time together while you stay on track to reaching your goals in February and beyond.

The Benefits of Exercising with Your Partner
The two of you may be at different fitness levels and have different goals, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise together. There are plenty of reasons to give it a try: Wondering how working out as a couple might work in the real world—especially when you’re both at different fitness levels? Here are some great ideas to get you started:
A Quickie Couple Workout
Here is a sample plan with exercises and stretches that you can do anywhere together, while both getting a workout suited to your level. This circuit-based workout involves quickly transitioning between strength exercises to increase the aerobic quality of the workout. You can both do these exercises simultaneously, without resting in between—talk about a quick workout!

Spend five minutes warming up before your workout and cooling down afterwards. Try walking on the treadmill, outside, or marching in place.

Exercises: Try 8-15 repetitions of each exercise below. Each person should work at their own level, using either the easy, intermediate, or advanced version (each exercise is listed in this order). Complete the whole circuit up to three times. The couple that plays together stays together. Exercising with your partner will strengthen your muscles, your heart, and your relationship.