Working out with a partner can help keep you motivated, make workouts more enjoyable, and provide friendly competition. The next time you exercise, try working out with your spouse – one of your greatest sources of support. Guard Your Health, a health and wellness campaign for Army National Guard Soldiers and families, shares six ways you can break a sweat and spend quality time together.
6 Ways to Stay Fit with Your Spouse
- Jog it Out
Get a stellar cardio workout by taking a jog together. If you and your spouse have different fitness levels, try doing intervals. Run at a fast pace for a few minutes, and then run at a slower pace to regroup and catch your breath. Repeat this a few times for a full workout. Intervals are a great way to improve your speed, build endurance, and burn calories.
- Take a Class Together
Find a workout class that interests both of you. Whether it’s a cycling, swim, conditioning, or yoga class—you can adjust the intensity based on your fitness level, while spending quality time together and trying something new.
- Join a Sports Team
Find a co-ed, recreational sports league that you and your spouse can join, such as kickball, volleyball, or softball. Not only will you burn calories and get fit, but you’re likely to meet some new friends along the way.
- Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Go for a hike, try out a two-person kayak, or rent some bikes if the weather is nice. If you live in a colder climate, try snowshoeing or skiing. The National Park Service offers free annual passes to military personnel and their families, so start planning your next adventure!
- Get the Family Involved
If you have children or pets, count them in! Create an obstacle course in the backyard, go for a run with your dog, or turn on some music and have a dance party with the whole family. You’ll be surprised how many calories you can burn doing these fun activities.
- Binge Watch Your Next Workout
Pick a TV show or movie that you both like and create a workout to go along with it. Do jumping jacks during commercial breaks or squats every time your favorite character says a certain line. Use this example movie-watching workout from Guard Your Health as a guide. You’ll burn calories and get to watch TV together – what could be better?
Guard Your Health (www.guardyourhealth.com) is a health and medical readiness campaign for Army National Guard Soldiers and their families sponsored by the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office. Guard Your Health provides Army National Guard Soldiers with the information, motivation, and support to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their families, and their units. To learn more about improving your health, visit the Guard Your Health website, like “Guard Your Health” on Facebook, and follow @ARNGHealth on Twitter. For more tips to max your APFT and stay mission ready, subscribe to FitText, Guard Your Health’s text message program, by texting FIT to 703-997-6747.