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Fitness Together in 30 Minutes!

If you want to work on your heart & your relationship, partner up & get fit together

Sure there are lots of romantic ways to spend time with your partner — having a romantic dinner or staying in and cuddling — but your desire to spend quality time with your loved one shouldn’t derail your plans to get fit, says Nicole Nichols, a fitness instructor certified in prenatal and postpartum exercise design. You and your partner can spend quality time together while you stay on track to reaching your goals.

Leg-up crunch
Begin lying on the floor with your knees bent and legs off the ground. Exhale and curl your body forward, and lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Hold for 1 second at the top and slowly return to the floor. Three sets, 10 reps.

Leg lifts
Lie flat on the ground, facing up. Using your abdominal muscles, raise your legs so they are straight up in the air. Have your partner stand at your head. Your partner should then push your feet, with some force, to the ground as you resist and attempt to keep your legs straight. Before your feet and legs reach the ground, use your ab muscles to hold your feet suspended just above the ground. Then raise your legs back up to perpendicular, moving them as slowly as possible. Three sets, 10 reps.

Vertical leg crunch
This effective move targets the rectus abdominis and the obliques. It’s similar to a regular crunch, but your legs are straight up, forcing you to use your abs to do all the work and adding intensity to the exercise. Three sets, 10 reps.

Side plank
Lie on your side and support your bodyweight with your feet and your elbow. Raise your body in a straight line so that your body hovers over the ground. Keep your back straight and your hips up. Hold your abs and entire core tight. Contract them as if someone was about to punch you in the stomach, but breath normally. Hold this position for 20 seconds. Increase the duration of the hold each workout. Have your partner count and make sure your body forms a straight line. Three sets, 10 reps.

Six reasons to exercise together:

Studies show that people who have exercise partners stay with their programs and reach their goals more often than those who try to go it alone.

1. Safety
With someone else watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, you’ll exercise more safely than if you were alone. Besides, who cares more about your safety than your soulmate?

2. A Deeper Bond
Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress and also increase arousal and libido. Several studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.

3. A Common Interest
Add exercise to your list of shared interests and hobbies. The possibility for new, unique activities is endless and keeps things exciting. You can never have too much in common.

4. Motivating support
Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It’ll help both of you remain consistent and take care of one another.

5. Respect and Pride
Taking care of your body and your health shows the person you care about that you want to be your best for them and that you want to be around for years to come.

Article Reviewed: June 8, 2012
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Written by: Healthy Magazine staff

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