Partner Up for Exercise

1:14 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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Blair and Lauren do the standing row


(BLAIR MOREAU - MERCY HEALTH PARTNERS) - In today's society, many people struggle to find time to get in their physical activity. We live such busy lives with work, social, and child commitments that the last thing we want to do is give up precious time with our spouse or significant other. Instead of sacrificing time apart to get in your workout, why not work out together with these fun and challenging exercises designed for two?

• Standing Row: Stand facing your partner. Using elastic bands, hold the ends of one band in each hand. Move away from each other until there is resistance in the bands. Put yourself in a slight squat stance with feet shoulder width apart. Pull the bands, leading with the elbows, driving them backward, and pinching your shoulder blades together. Do 10 to 20 reps.

• Triceps Kickback: Stand facing each other. Using elastic bands, hold the ends in each hand. Move away from each other until there is resistance in the bands. Bend forward, keeping the back straight and maintaining good posture. Put your elbows high and keep them there throughout the exercise. Your elbows act like a hinge as you and your partner slowly straighten your arms backward. As you straighten your arms, your elbows should not move. Slowly return to the starting position. Do 10 to 20 reps.

• Leg Squat Chest Pass: Stand facing your partner, in a slight squatting position feet shoulder width apart. Keep your abs strong and back straight and stable. Squat down and as you come back up pass an exercise ball to your partner using a basketball chest pass. Do the squat pass for 1 minute.

• Exercise Ball Partner Side Pass: Stand facing each other with feet shoulder width apart and knees slight bent. Keeping your chest tall, back erect and abs tight turn to one side. As you come back to the middle position contract your abs and pass the ball to your partner. Do ten side passes then repeat to the other side.

Connect with your partner through exercise. It is great quality time.


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