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Get Physical: Exercise with a Partner

We would all like our partners in crime, be they husbands, boyfriends, house mates, best friends, siblings - to also be our partners in fitness. Working out with a partner generally helps to keep folks on track and makes us all less likely to skip a workout.

Here are a few things to consider when planning how to get physical with a partner.

  • Common Interests: Look for an activity you both enjoy: hiking, sailing, team sports - there are lots of co-ed leagues out there.
  • Look for new adventures: Explore new ways to exercise that neither of you have every really done before. This will keep you on equal footing. Take a tennis lesson or learn to cha-cha.
  • Think outside your box: Both of you need to be willing to try new activities - all partnerships are a give and take. Play golf one week and the next try a double kayak aquatic adventure. The possibilities are endless once you get off the couch.
  • Get classy: Group classes from spinning to Pilates offer both a group and personal experience. You can work at your individual level while enjoying an activity together.
  • Just do IT: Sign up for a charity walk or run, move at your separate paces and hook up at the finish line. Simply heading to the gym together is a great option. Spot each other lifting free weights or just do you own thing separately. The good new is you made it to the gym.
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AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 8 years
My man and I go on walks together, but lat ight he came to yoga with me for the first time ever - I'm so proud of us... hopefully it will stick!
nicachica nicachica 8 years
my boyfriend and i have taken to going for walks and we just end up talking about all sorts of stuff. its really nice for some alone time and also exercise! and he's teaching me how to ride a bike so that's very fun as well!
SU3 SU3 8 years
The boyfriend and I have a new addiction - tennis! I made him go spinning with me once and after that... he never wanted to go back! :P
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
my boyfriend and i always think of creative ways of exercising. like hiking somewhere new.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
my good friend and i have been in sports together through high school and ran a few times...but then a few weeks ago she convinced me to join an all-girls gym with her. we go a few times a week and it's so motivating. i love it!
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