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Workout Ideas for Couples

Put Your Love to the Fitness Test

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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:
  • Safety. With someone else watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, you’ll exercise more safely than if you were alone. Besides, who cares more about your safety than your soulmate?
  • Quality time. Couples spend most of their time apart due to careers and other responsibilities. Instead of hitting the gym alone, plan a workout time that fits both of your schedules. You’ll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing that one-on-one time that every partnership needs.
  • A common interest. Add exercise to your list of shared interests and hobbies. The possibility for new, unique activities is endless and keeps things exciting. You can never have too much in common.
  • Motivation and support. Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It’ll help both of you remain consistent and take care of one another.
  • A deeper bond. Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress, and also increase arousal and libido. Several studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.
  • Respect and pride. Taking care of your body and your health shows the person you care about that you want to be your best for them—and that you want to be around for years to come.
  • Balance. In many couples, one partner tends to favor cardio (typically women) while the other tends to favor strength training (typically men). By working out together you can balance your workout program to include more of both. Let your partner teach you about the areas of fitness you’re unsure of and be open to new fitness experiences.
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:
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  • I am so fortunate that my DH has been my steady workout partner for over 40 years of our marriage. We started out jogging outdoors together, then we started to have different paces so we moved our together time to the gym. After all these years I am so conditioned to going to the gym that I do it alone (when he had surgeries, for instance). But nothing beats our regular workout date times. I am so lucky in this respect. - 2/15/2014 8:10:33 AM
  • couldn't get my hubby to exercise with me to save his life or mine.
    He is so stubborn and not willing even to walk.
    He goes to his own gym but refuses to take classes or suggestions even from a young woman trainer... and from a guy, forget it.... so I just give up and go myself..
    He is 70 he will never change. - 9/23/2012 9:10:26 PM
  • Great article! - 8/11/2012 12:39:25 AM
  • ELFUXX
    Thank you for this article. I got the idea to try yoga together with my significant other. :) I think he can't do most strenght excercises because of his back problems, but some yoga poses might be suitable. :) - 2/13/2012 2:55:33 PM
  • MARYSTAN
    Can this be added to the fitness tracker workout options? - 2/13/2012 12:09:58 PM
  • Um. Valentine's Day, remember? Romantic. I think one day out of the year I'd like the old man to pretend he's Richard Gere, not Richard SImmons. Candlelight dinner doesn't mean pigout at the all-you-can-eat, y'know. - 2/14/2011 4:13:32 PM
  • actually it did say play, and had geocaching in there, something I've enjoyed tagging along for, fun to go in a group and to let someone else navigate ;-) - 2/13/2011 12:28:24 AM
  • actually it did say play, and had geocaching in there, something I've enjoyed tagging along for, fun to go in a group and to let someone else navigate ;-) - 2/13/2011 12:27:58 AM
  • actually it did say play, and had geocaching in there, something I've enjoyed tagging along for, fun to go in a group and to let someone else navigate ;-) - 2/13/2011 12:25:54 AM
  • it didn't exactly say play, but the article DID say "Other sports." My husband and I used to do line dancing class and Ballroom dancing together, but the costs caused us to drop the ballroom classes after 4 years, and then we moved to NJ and haven't seen any line dance classes around. We will start a community ballroom dance class session in March, but it will be a group class that appears to be targeted at beginners, so may or may not be much exercise.
    We walk together to indoor dvd, as we are both fairly beginners and overweight enough that neither of us run, so this keeps our pace the same pretty much. - 2/13/2011 12:14:22 AM
  • My hubs and I will start working out together every Thursday evening. I'm so excited! By reading the other comments, I think Thursdays are going to be the 'new' date night. I only wish it could be more than one night a week, but because of his hours it's not possible. I'll be getting it in at the Y myself during the rest of the week. We've both made individual commitments to ourselves to really give it all we've got in losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising more. I can't wait! - 2/8/2011 5:51:17 PM
  • Great article but it also left out the fun of playing games together on systems like Wii. Love the dance competition one! - 2/8/2011 10:59:50 AM
  • I think these are great ideas, but the article left out active playing! Yesterday, instead of having a traditional Valentine's day, my husband and I printed out a free day pass to the local gym (he's already a member, I use my school's gym). We played racquetball together for an hour, hit the pool to swim a few laps, and then relaxed our tired muscles in the hot tub. It was a blast!

    We also enjoy spinning around on our bikes together when the weather is nice or going golfing. It's all exercise, but it feels less like exercise and more like fun! - 2/15/2010 3:40:57 PM
  • I love going for bike rides and walks with my husband. We always have a great time. - 2/15/2010 11:12:52 AM
  • CAYTON
    When we can't get to the gym, my husband and I use the Lebert Buddy System! We even take it with us when we go on vacation! I teach a bootcamp class and ordered one for myself through my gym. It's so much fun and my kids use it too. Great family workouts... - 12/24/2009 9:04:02 AM
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