BETTER TOGETHER: STEP-BY-STEP WORKOUTS FOR COUPLES

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It’s been said that couples who play together stay together, so let’s put this endorphin-boosting workout to the test! Inspired by Michelle Carigma’s Healthy Couple Guide, we put together a few moves you can try with a partner. Take it to the streets, track, or gym and get moving.

Warm Up: Aim for a 3-minute warm up. You can do a combination of jumping jacks or cross-body toe touches, mountain climbers, arm circles and walking lunges.

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High Knees: After warming up, kick off your workout with a heart-pumping move. Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms down by your side and look straight ahead. Jump from one foot to the other while lifting your knees as high as possible (hip height is ideal), touching the ground with the balls of your feet. Do this for 30-40 seconds.

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Squat: Stand facing each other at arm’s length with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Clasp hands and squat down in sync until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold and then slowly return to starting position. Repeat for 30 reps. If you’re up for the challenge, add a jump. Jump as high as you can, landing softly on your feet in a stable squat position.

Lunge: Stand facing your partner at arm’s length and clasp hands. Lunge forward with your left leg as your partner lunges backward with their right leg. Reverse the motion so that you’re lunging backward with your left leg as your partner lunges forward with the right. Complete 20 reps, switch legs, and repeat.

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Push-Up with shoulder tap: Face your partner and get into full push-up position. Lower your bodies by bending at the arms while keeping your core engaged. Push back up to starting position, then lift your left hand, and tap your partner on the right shoulder (while your partner does the same thing). Go for 15-20 reps, alternating hands each time.

Sprint: You don’t have to hit the treadmills in tandem to get your cardio in – run sprints together! Designate a finish line (about 20 meters away) and sprint hard all the way through, pump your arms and drive your knees up. Catch your breath for 40-seconds and repeat. Do 5 reps.

Reach-and-Touch Plank: Lie on your stomach, facing your partner. Keep your palms flat on the floor, toes tucked and your elbows under shoulders. Using your core, elevate your torso and reach forward with your right hand to touch your partner’s right hand. Switch arms. Do 15 total.

Go through this circuit 4-5 times. Finish strong by stretching together.

Images courtesy of Modern Fit. Photos by Ron Holden.
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