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10 simple exercises to do with your partner

By Alisha Christie 1 min read
Thursday, September 21, 2017

If you’re running low on date ideas, here’s one for you: a workout date!

No I’m not joking. Working out with your partner can have many benefits. Let me just list a few:

1. Quality time

Life is busy before you have kids and adding kids goes beyond busy. Getting quality time with your partner can be a struggle. However, if you both have a goal to increase or maintain your fitness, working out together can be a way to kill two birds with one stone.

2. You’ll actually exercise

Most of us are less likely to flake on a commitment if there’s someone to be accountable to. Scheduling a time to exercise with your partner can increase the likelihood that you will actually exercise.

3. Workout harder

Not only are you likely to get a workout done, because you’re accountable to someone else, you’re also likely to work harder and push yourself more. A study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that your performance improved by up to 87 per cent when you train with a partner!

Here are 10 simple exercises to try with your partner, one set with a ball or weight, and the other using your own bodyweight.

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Involve the whole family!

You don’t have to limit working out to just with your partner. Here are some fun ways to get the whole family active together:

  • Take a soccer ball to a local field to kick or throw around
  • Find a park with exercise equipment and do a family circuit
  • Mum and dad can use the little ones as weights while doing squats, lunges, shoulder presses and push-ups
  • Do a planned outdoor activity together such as stand-up paddleboarding, bike riding, surfing or even a family run.

Ten minutes every day is all you need to start on your journey to become fit and healthy.