How working out at home can help couples thrive
Exercise is great, but it's easy to grow bored and listless when you're running on the treadmill or lifting weights by yourself. Grab a partner to keep fitness fun and stay motivated. Breathe new life into your exercise routine and spend some quality one-on-one time with couple workouts at home.
Customize your routine
Working out as a couple from the comfort of your home means you're free to find a rhythm and pace that work for both of you. Check out different exercise video content, and use the best parts of your favorite routines to create a personalized workout you can follow along with on the TV. Set and achieve your fitness goals together and nurture your relationship along the way.
Design a workout you'll both enjoy
Warm up the right way
Did you know that stretching before a workout increases muscle flexibility and improves blood circulation? Warming up with a dynamic full body stretch is a good habit to get into. Playing stretching exercise videos on a TV screen makes it easier to catch detailed movements and develop proper posture and technique. Here are some basic partner stretches to get you started.
Seated back bend stretch
Loosen up with a simple seated back bend stretch. Both partners sit back to back with legs fully extended. One partner places both hands behind the head and leans back to open up the chest and shoulders, while the other partner leans forward, keeping legs straight and stretching the hamstring.
Mermaid twin heart stretch
Feeling limber? Try a mermaid twin heart stretch. Both partners sit side by side, facing forward with both legs folded outward like a mermaid. Keep both knees parallel and push hips down on the floor. Place inner hand on the floor and slightly bend elbow without raising shoulders. Face forward, take outer arm and stretch over the head until your hand meets your partner's. Exhale and feel the stretch in the muscles along your sides.
Build a solid foundation
A good workout routine begins with building strength. Squats strengthen your core muscles and balance the upper and lower body. Doing a squat twist with a partner helps you bend lower, increasing the efficiency of the full-body workout. Begin by facing each other, extend your arms and hold both hands while lowering into a squat. While holding the squat position, both partners release one hand and slowly twist your spine as you stretch your arm outward. Keep hips facing your partner.
Conquer challenges together
Feeling confident enough to put your skills to the test? Search on your TV for more advanced workouts posted by online personal trainers. This challenging yoga pose is a great couples exercise in improving body balance, strength and trust. We recommend starting with the physically stronger partner as base and the lighter partner as flyer.
Base lies flat on the ground, knees bent, with the arches of both feet pressed securely against the flyer's hip joints.
Flyer shifts weight forward to base's legs while both partners join hands and keep arms straight. Eye contact between flyer and base will establish trust.
When flyer's weight has shifted to base, flyer lifts feet off the ground as base straightens knees. Flyer keeps legs horizontally straight and toes pointed.
Base and flyer focus strength in shoulders to push and support each other. Flyer keeps core engaged, raises head to face forward, releases hands and reaches arms back like a bird's wings.
Track every inch of your progress
Wrap up each workout session with a couples selfie to capture that healthy, post-workout glow and record your results. Look over the photos together on a Big Screen TV to examine up-close new muscles you've developed or make note of areas you'd like to improve. It's a fun way to communicate and hold each other accountable on your path to fitness.
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