“Wow, I really regret that workout.” – Nobody. Ever.
You’re more likely to lose weight and stay fit if you workout with a partner. And why not workout with your significant other? Couples who sweat together, stay together, right? Or at least feel healthier and are energized for more hanky pankyJ
If you want to hit the gym together, that’s great. But it might still be a challenge to workout together – you might have different speeds or goals. We’ve got some strategies for you to employ for success!
What Works Best for Two
- You love to workout, but he hasn’t broken a sweat since he was trying to impress girls in junior high: Set manageable goals together. After every four workouts, he gets some sort of prize – coffee giftcard, Amazon card, movie tix, a six pack of beer. After a month, a bigger gift, like concert tickets, will keep the motivation going strong.
- You want to get lean and tone, while he wants to really build his muscle: Lift weights together, and you can each have a strategy about what moves and muscle groups you’re targeting. You’ll want to stick with large muscle groups, such as the back, chest, and legs. For you, aim for three sets of 12 to 15 reps, using enough weight to tire your muscles out. To bulk up, he can do three to five sets of 8 to 10 reps, using enough weight that he can barely make that last rep.
- You like to compete, and he likes to win: You can compete with time you worked out, distance, or even percentage of your body weight you lift. You can take turns picking the workout you do together, or play on opposite teams of a group sport. Or just hit up a racquetball court and annihilate each other!
Working hard together, staying healthy together, and spending time together will all knit you closer as a couple. And make you both look great in jeans. Win-win!
If you’re not sure quite how to jump-start making healthy choices or even what kind of workout to tackle, make an appointment and we can help steer you right. Schedule an appointment with us using the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet