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Top 3 Partner Exercises for Valentine’s Day - By Louise Hazel

It’s February, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching you may want to impress that special someone with your new toned figure or you may be looking for a workout that you can do with your significant other in order to reignite your physical spark. Whatever your motivation I am going to guide you through my top 3 partner exercises that are sure to burn those excess calories and get your hearts racing.

  1. Assisted Leg Raises; Lie flat on your back with your legs extended straight up towards the ceiling. Get you partner to stand directly above you so that your head is resting in between his/her feet. Get your partner to gently push your feet towards the floor. You must try to keep your legs straight at all times with your lower back as flat to the floor as possible. As your feet lower within an inch of the floor, engage your core muscles and slowly return them to the start position. Repeat 10-20 times and then switch over.
  2. Mirroring: Stand facing each other, slightly soften your knees and get ready to move. One of you will lead and the other will follow as you side step spontaneously side to side in a test of your agility. Try to anticipate your partner’s next move. A great way to raise your heart rate and keep one of you on your toes!
  3. Sit Up, Stand Up: Lie on your back and bend your knees to 90 degrees.Get you partner to securely hold your feet flat to the floor.Cross your arms across your chest so that you are in a sit up position. Engage your core muscles and raise your chest up off of the floor until you have completed a full sit up, from this position use your momentum to stand up. Once fully stood up, return to sit up position and lower your chest back to the floor and repeat 10 times, then switch over.
There is a saying that “Couples who train together, stay together” and if that’s not enough to convince you then here is a list of reasons why training with your partner is beneficial to your relationship.

1. Teamwork. Couples that conquer physical challenges together; often succeed in working as a team and this is a great sign of a healthy relationship.

2. Communication. It is important to positively encourage and motivate your partner when working out, as your support could be what spurs them on to achieve that one more repetition.

3. Physical Contact. You can never under-estimate the power of the human touch, as it is known to release ‘feel good’ hormones called endorphins so don’t shy away from getting to physical grips with your partner during exercise as this will only serve to help reignite your physical attraction to one another.

4. Shared Goal. The excitement of conquering a shared goal can often generate feelings of synchronicity which can have a rewarding emotional and physical impact on relationship by helping to strengthen your emotional bond. Are you attempting a Valentine’s Day workout with your partner?

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