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Couple's Workout: The Best Exercises For Two

01/30/2014 03:39 EST | Updated 01/31/2014 05:59 EST
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THE GOAL: Getting fit and healthy together

THE EXPERT: Dr. Levi Harrison, orthopedic surgeon and author of The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self-Enhancement.

THE INFO: Besides motivating you, kicking your butt at the gym or having a companion to share healthy meals with, studies show couples who exercise together stay together in the long run. In addition, working out with someone else can help you keep track of your fitness goals and hold you accountable to them.

And even if either you or your partner is a little more intense than the other, studies show working out with a person who is "athletically superior" to you will make you work out harder and longer. A win-win situation.

This workout below focuses on toning and stretching your muscles at the same time. Depending on your activity level, take it easy and help each other out. And remember, you can always modify each exercise.

THE MOVES:

Best Workouts For Two

Buddy Squats With A Twist

Couples should face each other with a five-pound medicine ball. Stand with the feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Each person should do a squat and the person holding the medicine ball should do a twist to the right and to the left while in the squat position. The person doing the squat without the medicine ball should stay in the squat position while the other person does the twists. Then switch.

2 sets of 15 reps

Clap Push-Ups

Each person should be in the standard push-up position and facing each other. The push-ups can be done from the knees or the standard way. As you come down from your push-up, clap the opposite hand of your mate. Keep your back straight during this exercise.

2 sets of 15 reps

Jumping Rope

Couples jumping rope is always a great way to improve cardiovascular endurance. Try jumping 60 to 100 skips per minute. Consider a goal of 1000-1200 skips in 20 minutes.

Couple's Stretching

Consider doing standard hamstrings, calf and quadriceps stretches for 10 minutes before and after your workout. Remember to hold all stretches for 20 to 30 seconds.

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The new year is the time to take on new challenges, so for the month of January and beyond, The Huffington Post Canada's Living team brings you Fine Tuning: daily workouts, with tips on how to tone up, get healthy and stay fit for the whole year. Each workout will focus on one fitness goal or body part, with our favourite trainers showing you simple ways to get stronger and healthier in less than 45 minutes.

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