Getting Fit Together

Getting Fit Together

If exercising alone isn’t your thing, try working out with your spouse for a fun twist!

Keeping fit and staying active is great but exercising with the person you love is even better! Use the time as an excellent opportunity for spending time together and, at the same time, forgetting the stresses and strains of the daily grind. As always, consult with your physician before beginning a new

This is good for: all the muscles in the body. But it's the heart that derives the most benefit because running, as an endurance sport, exercises the cardiovascular system. If you manage 30-45 minutes a week, you will find your calf muscles, your thighs and hamstrings nicely toned and shapely! Biceps, abdominal and chest muscles all benefit as well because, contrary to popular belief, running involves the upper body as well, due to the movement of the arms!

How to achieve this as a couple: It depends on each other's level. If your husband is addicted to running, don't try to go with him! But ask him to run the first 10 minutes with you and then let him take off at his own pace. This will be a sort of warm up for him and you can then continue at your own speed, having shared his favourite sport with him.

If, however, he is a beginner like you, or is restarting, run together progressively. It's always easier to push the limits when there are two of you. Start with short sessions of 15 minutes or so, and build up over the following weeks.

Where to run: In the woods or the parks around town. What's important is to be able to relax and allow the daily tensions to dissipate.

And the bonus: The stretching afterwards is a key moment! Ask your other half to help you stretch. For thigh stretching, one of you lies down with one leg bent on the ground, the other leg stretched out in the air. The other person pushes on the leg in the air.

Roller Skating
This is good for: the buttock muscles and for shaping the legs. By pushing on your legs, your muscles are all called into action, but so are all your joints. This is a good way of staving off rheumatism and other afflictions linked to those somewhat uncomfortable postures adopted during the day.

How to achieve this as a couple?: If this is the first time either of you has attempted roller skates, then it's an ideal opportunity to learn together. Start by choosing straight lines or reserved areas. With your partner behind, his hands on your hips, you will learn and gain confidence together. Once you have that confidence, start longer trips, hand in hand.


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Where to do it: Oftentimes there are specific tracks that have been set up to accommodate this sport on wide avenues (mostly by beaches on the boardwalk or in parks). And if you are really motivated, why not do the Saturday morning shopping on roller skates?

And the bonus?: Spins and laughter always go with this sport, which is a fine way of getting closer to someone and getting out and about in the fresh air.

Indoor Sports
This is good for: everything! In most health clubs or local organizations you are almost spoiled for choice of activity. The classes offered can also be an excellent way of discovering a new discipline or performing movements and exercises that you would never do on your own.

How to achieve this as a couple: In a club, there are often various levels of a certain sport (beginner, intermediate, etc.), so you can choose a course that suits you both or just pedal, row or “run” on all the machines at your disposal.

Even if your objectives are not the same, the advantage of an indoor fitness centre is that the services on offer can be tailored to each different person. And don't forget swimming!

And the bonus: Certain clubs provide a child-watching service with good rates for couples. Don't be afraid to ask!

Do you exercise with your spouse? Let the community know what you do together to stay fit by commenting below!

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