Getting in shape with a friend is fun and makes it easier to achieve your goals. So how about exercising with your significant other? In February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, give it a try.
Exercising together allows you to be accountable to each other as you embark on your fitness goals. You’ll help each other make sensible food choices and you will learn how much your sweetheart enjoys your company when given the opportunity.
Try some of these ways to exercise with your honey:
Dance the Night Away - Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests dancing with your partner - learn the Salsa, West Coast Swing or Tango. You’ll burn calories and be a hit at parties! You may want to try Jazzercise, a dance-based group fitness program.
Walkin’ the Talk – People of all fitness levels can take walks together. In pleasant weather, take a stroll outdoors – or a brisk walk if you’re able. If it’s raining or snowing, visit an indoor mall and walk from one end to another, then back again. If you’d rather stay home, try marching in place while talking to each other. You’ll get your heart rate up in no time.
Two Wheelin’ – When the roads are clear, ride bicycles together. It’s a wonderful way to see your neighborhood and take in your surroundings. If you’re adventurous, try a bicycle-built-for-two, but be sure to share pedaling duties.
Snow Shoeing – In snowy locales, snowshoe together. It’s great exercise and on a full-moon night, it’s quite romantic.
Couple Up – Invite another couple or two to join you and your beloved for exercise activities.
Clean It Up – There’s always something to be done around your home, and when you partner up, the task is completed quickly and more enjoyably. You both may work up a sweat, and your house will be spic and span!
Sharing your fitness regimen and goals with your loved one promotes togetherness and may lead to a healthier life. And you’ll be able to indulge in guilt-free champagne and chocolate-covered-strawberries on Valentine’s Day!
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.