Calorie crunching couples

Maximise your workout by exercising together. You’ll end up more shapely and spend more time together.

The next time you drool over eight pack abs or curvaceous figures, get cracking on those ungainly inches. Get moving together to shrug off the flab and woo Cupid the sweatilicious way.

Forget dependency on bulky machines. Choose free-hand exercises and strength training instead. “Partner squats are an excellent option,” says fitness expert Shalini Bhargava. “You can perform sets of squats facing each other while holding hands or even squat with your rears touching each other. Likewise, you can perform a set of lunges while standing in an overlapping position, in close proximity.” This lifts the yawn-inducing warm up and cooling down minutes of your session too. The companionship helps in lifting the strain of repeated crunches, push ups and stretches.

Cardio cats

“Choose a cardio machine that both of you like,” suggests Shalini. “Opt for treadmills, steppers or bicycles or a combination of two; say 20 minutes on the treadmill followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer. Sometimes your choices may differ. You may not use a particular machine while training alone but, with your partner, you might be inspired to use it and therefore cross train.” Running up an incline together puts in a different punch into your regimen. “It infuses a sense of competition that is enervating and makes you enjoy your entire work out,” points out fitness specialist Leena Mogre, Director, Leena Mogre’s Fitness.

Racing with each other preps you up immediately. Seated on spinning cycles with your choice of music pounding in tandem with your movements lends a different kind of high. “It is extremely motivational and yields excellent results in terms of motivational value, weight loss and strengthening of camaraderie,” says Leena. The advantage here is that if you are an outdoor person, you can pursue spinning in an open studio.

Shilpi Madan for The Hindu
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