It’s the season of love and what better way to start your wellness journey then with your significant other or BFF!! Since we’ve been locked up in quarantine for the past year, we have had to be more creative with the ways that we exercise and move our bodies throughout the day to day… Going on long walks can be great but sometimes, it can just get downright boring. Sometimes we need to channel our inner kid and have some FUN!
I am here to give you a little inspiration for things that you can do with your partners, children, or friends (if you’re in each other’s bubble) that can make exercise seem more appealing. Because let’s be honest, if it’s not fun, I don’t really like working out. Just me? Okay!
In some ways, our bodies crave regularity and routine, especially with what foods we eat. (Steer clear of too much Valentine’s Day candy and sweet treats!) But in other instances, our bodies and muscles need us to mix it up a bit.
It actually is beneficial to introduce new movement and strengthening exercises into your routine to help improve your muscles ability to do their job without any issues. Our muscles get used to moving in the same ways and stop responding unless we change things- like changing the routine, altering the resistance and more!
What other benefits are there to exercising with others?
Top Partner Exercises:
Here are a few NEW partner exercises that will surely ignite that childlike fire inside, but also may inspire you to be more creative when putting together your at-home workouts. Let’s try them together… and remember don’t be shy, no one can see you.
1. Let’s start with simple hamstring stretch!
2. Full spine stretch
This one might be my favorite! Stand facing your partner with your feet a little wider than your hips. You and your partner are going to both lean into each other and fold both your arms to rest on your shoulders. If you need a visualization here is what it should look like.
Take a few deep breaths into your stomach (diaphragmatic breathing) and try to sink lower and lower until you feel a nice stretch through your whole spine. Try synchronizing your breath with your partner. Not only does it change your nervous system as an individual, but it strongly helps improve your connection emotionally in partnership.
3. Who’s ready for some ABS?! This is an exercise that works your upper abdominals and obliques and is surely going to make you break a sweat!
4. Wheelbarrow push-ups & squats
5. Squats with an overhead press
6. Lastly, let’s do a full body burn AKA a partner plank!
YOU DID IT!! If you made it through that whole workout, give yourself and your partner a high five. I hope you enjoyed being creative and getting out of your comfort zone a bit. I know I did!
Challenging ourselves is one thing but being challenged as a team is another achievement in and of itself. The reward is great when we push one another to be better in all aspects of our lives!
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