It’s Valentine’s Day, and the romantics out there are pulling out all the stops to show their appreciation for their loved ones. Before heading out for a romantic evening for two, why not get those hearts racing this Valentine’s with some partner exercises. You know what they say, couples that train together stay together!
Even studies published in Psychology Today have shown that working out with your partner strengthens the relationship, increases feelings of happiness and increases sexual satisfaction. This is due to the release of endorphins during physical exercise, helping to release inhibitions between the couple and creating a more relaxed environment for people to strengthen their emotional bond.
So, try these 4 simple exercises with your partner to get your heart pumping. Even if you don’t have a valentine this year, grab a friend to get fit and healthy with instead!
#1: Wheelbarrow Push Ups & Squats
One partner starts in the push up position while the other partner lifts their legs off the floor by their ankles, holding them parallel to the floor throughout. To make it more challenging, place both their feet on top of the shoulders and keep firm grip of their ankles with both hands. Stand shoulder width apart with both feet facing forward.
The partner in the push up position then contracts their abs and lowers down to do a push up and once complete, the standing partner then lowers the hips and drops into a squat position and comes back up again, while keeping the weight in the heels, to help with proper squat form and balance.
Do 20 reps then switch places.
#2: Sit up and Plank
One partner starts in a sit up position while the other partner gets down into a plank position and holds their feet steady.
The partner in the plank position needs to push their bodyweight up so that it’s resting on their forearms and in a straight line parallel to the floor. Squeeze the muscles in both bottom and thighs while pulling up on the pelvic floor.
The partner in the sit up position needs to bend the knees and plant the feet hip-distance apart. Place hands on the back of the head and point elbows sideways. Exhale, contract the abs and raise the chest up.
Switch places after 60 seconds.
#3: Cross Jumping Lunges
Both partners need to face each other in a lunge position with the same leg forward.
Get into a lunge position by stepping forward with the left leg, lowering the hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. The front knee needs to be directly above the ankle and the back knee can’t touch the floor. Remember to keep the upper body straight, shoulders back and chin up.
Push off the ground with your feet, jump straight in the air and land in the opposite position. Make sure the front leg lands on the heel and the back leg lands on the toe.
Do 2 sets of 20 reps.
#4: Wall Sit and Tricep Dip
One partner begins by having their back up against the wall, arms relaxed, and legs bent in a 90-degree angle with their feet planted firmly on the ground (like being sat upright in a chair). Push back against the wall to remain in an upright position.
The other partner faces the opposite direction, resting their hands on the thighs of their partner and keeping both legs straight with toes facing a 45-degree angle. Bend at the elbows and lower down. Extend the arms to return to the start position.
Switch places after 60 seconds.