Many couples in Lakeland, FL join the gym together and then work out at different times. That might be a wasted opportunity. Sometimes, it’s because of childcare, while other times it’s simply scheduling convenience. Both are logical reasons, but why not take at least one day for time as a couple? Work out together and follow it with a healthy dinner out. It may cost more because of a sitter, but you can save money with semi-private training. You’ll learn routines you can do at home together.
Not all exercise has to take place in a gym.
Walking, hiking, bike riding, and dancing are excellent types of exercise for couples. You can do other things besides weightlifting and calisthenics. Anything that gets you up and moving is good. Whether you walk the mall, jump rope, or turn up the music and dance together, you’re getting exercise. It doesn’t have to cost money or require a lot of equipment. Inexpensive children’s toys like hula hoops, can be a fun couple’s workout challenge.
Workout buddies are recommended for many reasons.
Why not make that workout buddy your significant other? A partner can check your form, hold you accountable, and be part of the exercise. If you’re doing sit-ups, your favorite person can sit on your legs to maximize the benefits. You don’t need a piece of equipment to do it. Hook squats are fun, but you need a partner. Stand back to back and lock arms, then squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Sidestep in that position, making a complete circle clockwise, then switch and do the same thing counter-clockwise. You can even do wall squats together, using each other’s backs as the wall.
Before you start set the rules.
Having a spouse or significant other as a workout partner can provide motivation. It can make your workout more effective and keep you working hard. It also can improve your relationship, but the opposite of all these things can also be true. Both parties should be dedicated to exercising together and sticking with the scheduled time. If one partner isn’t, instead of keeping the other motivated, it can destroy motivation. There should be a reward for sticking with the program and a penalty for the person who skips it. The penalty can be chore-related. Scheduling the time and having rules to follow can help prevent problems.
- Create goals that fit your fitness level. The plan should include all types of training: flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance.
- When you’re making plans, commit for a shorter period, such as a month or two. At the end of that time, reevaluate to see if you want to continue. A short-term goal is easier to keep.
- If you don’t have weights for strength training, use resistance bands. They’re inexpensive and easy to store.
- We can help you get started with semi-private training. Ask your personal trainer for exercises you can do together at home. Everyone is different, and so is their progress. Expect one person to improve faster than the other.
For more information, contact us today at Habitat Health & Fitness