Monday, February 17, 2014

Workout for Couples

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When it comes to exercise, the magic number might be two – as in your partner plus you. Studies have shown that people work out longer and harder when they have company. The University of Oxford found that the endorphin release from activity is significantly greater in group training than in individual training. So who better to get that fitness high with than your special someone? "When couples work out, they can focus on their goals together," says fitness consultant (and adviser) Ashley Borden. "It creates a bond between you.” Here are 10 ways you lovebirds can stay in shape together.

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Push Through Tough Time | 

There’s no need to go your separate ways at the gym. Your partner can be a spotter, making sure that your form is good and that your not taking on too much weight, and offer encouragement if you're feeling tired. You can also try two-person exercises like medicine ball v-sits or rows with resistance bands are great ways to get pumped with each other's help.

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Stretch Your Limits | 

Partner yoga can strengthen both your practice and your relationship. Poses that are meant to be performed together, such as Double Downward-Facing Dog allow you to stretch more fully and deeply than you could on your own. But the poses also require trust, teamwork and communication. “Partner yoga is really good for relationships because it encourages you to be in touch with each other,” Borden says.

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Reach New Heights | 

Rock climbing requires you to support one another – literally. Whether you are scaling a rugged outcropping or an indoor rock wall, your partner belaying you holds your life (or at least your fracture-free limbs) in his or her hands. The activity is also good for communication. While you climb, your loved one on the ground acts as a second set of eyes, helping you find that next handhold.
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Hit the Ground Running | ...

Cardio is better with company, so go for a run together. "Set a destination, tie your shoelaces, and just go,” Borden says. Somewhere scenic is good. A route that has views and breakfast at the end is even better. If the great outdoors isn’t an option, head to the gym and hop on to two side-by-side treadmills. Keep the pace easy, so that both of you can comfortably maintain a conversation.
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Or Head for the Hills | 

If running isn’t your thing, hiking is a great way for couples to spend time together at a more manageable pace. Whether you’re exploring a new trail or traveling down a familiar path, you’ll have more time to take in your surroundings and enjoy each other’s companionship. And the activity is for couples who have different fitness levels. "If one of you is thinking 'this isn't enough of a real workout for me,' " Borden says. "The more athletic of the two of you can put on a weighted vest, to add extra challenge."
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Take a Swing | 

Do you and your honey have a competitive streak? Find two friends and try some doubles tennis. “Doubles teams are fun because you're working together as a couple, to beat the other couple,” Borden says. Win or lose, you’re in it together.

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Roll On

A bike ride with your beau is can be as challenging or as leisurely as you like, just make sure you commit to a route that is in line with both of your physical abilities. "If it's casual, it's fun," Borden says. "If it's not casual, someone is going to get left in the dust." Cycling is a great cardiovascular workout without a ton of impact, meaning it’s a good way to work your heart without a lot of pounding to your body. Bonus: It’s a great excuse to see your sweetie in spandex.

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Try Something Completely Different | 

Traditional exercise isn’t the only way to get your heart rate up. For a fun workout that’s surprisingly challenging, try Salsa dance lessons. “Salsa combines a physical activity with a romantic atmosphere,” says Craig Ballantyne, CSCS. “And when you take on a new activity, it stimulates dopamine, the brain's pleasure-seeking neurotransmitter.”

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Joseph Pitman said...

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