With Valentine's Day just around the corner, step away from the chocolates and create a new healthy habit with your loved one, and hit the gym!
Working out with your partner is a great way to spend quality time together, be motivated to actually hit the gym and have a ton of fun. Research shows that working out with your partner will motivate you to work out longer and harder. So, grab your loved one and do something good for each other with these five reasons to get a sweat on with your sweetie this Valentine's Day.
1. You'll actually go!
It might be tempting to skip that yoga class after a long day at the office, but knowing that your partner is rolling out their mat too will prevent you from letting them (and yourself) down. Your active time now becomes "us" time, and that lonely or boring workout in the gym just became a lot more fun with some great company. Now who'd want to skip that?
2. You'll try something new.
If your regular workout routine has you doing the same thing every day, sharing the experience with your partner will give you the opportunity to try something new together or find a fresh perspective on your old workout. Been nervous about joining that new run club? Have the confidence with your partner by your side and try it together!
3. You'll be more motivated.
Bringing your own cheerleader along to your workout can make a huge difference on how motivated you are to work hard. Having someone in your corner will boost your promise to healthy living and your confidence in achieving your fitness goals.
4. You'll work harder.
Most of us have at least a little competitive streak, and healthy competition is a good thing because it makes you work harder and for longer. Research from Kansas State University shows that working out with a partner (particularly one you believe to be fitter than you) will inspire you to increase both your workout time and intensity, and in the case of this study, by up to 160 per cent when working out with a partner, and up to 200 per cent when working out in a group.
5. You'll have more fun!
The more fun your workouts are, the more you're likely to do them. Find something that is fun and challenging for both you and your Valentine, and encourages you to be as committed to your workouts as you are to each other.
Looking for free fitness experiences in Toronto? Grab your Valentine and check out my Toronto fitness community, Tribe. From yoga to running, Tribe has you covered with five free weekly workouts.
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Holland feels that this is one of the most misunderstood aspects of exercise. “This myth actually plays into the No. 1 reason people cite for not exercising, namely lack of time,” he said. “There is now significant research indicating that smaller bouts of exercise done throughout the day can yield big results.” He also explained that even breaking 30 minutes of activity into three separate 10-minute sessions throughout the day can produce the same effect. “Even one- to two-minute, short bursts of exercise have significant value over time,” he added. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click Here to See More Fitness and Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing
“Research has shown that combining healthy eating and diet is the ‘secret’ to losing weight and keeping it off long term,” Holland said. “Burning a few hundred calories through exercise and reducing caloric intake by a few hundred each day will lead to one to two pounds of weight lost per week—a realistic and sustainable goal.” Photo Credit: Shutterstock
“Many food companies have made making healthy food choices increasingly difficult over the past few decades with increasingly bold, and often confusing, marketing tactics,” Holland explained. “Just because a product is advertised as healthy does not necessarily mean it is.” He suggests that you always read labels carefully and choose foods that have the least number of ingredients. Also, aim to buy products made with ingredients that you recognize. “Look for total calories, and try to choose foods that are the least processed and in their most natural state,” he said. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click Here to See More Fitness and Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing
Holland debunks this myth in plain and simple terms: “You cannot ‘spot-reduce’ and ‘tell’ your body where to get rid of fat stores by doing exercises that target that region.” He explained that yes, crunches will help to strengthen your abdominal muscles, but ab exercises alone will not result in belly fat reduction. “In order to flatten your stomach, you need to decrease your overall body fat percentage along with the fat layer,” Holland said. “This comes from a combination of healthy eating and doing regular cardiovascular exercise.” Photo Credit: Shutterstock
When it comes to achieving true health and fitness success, Holland stressed the importance of incorporating both exercise and diet into your daily routine. One isn’t necessarily more important than the other. It’s important to create a balance that includes both. “Trying to achieve weight loss through either diet or exercise alone is extremely difficult, and it’s also one of the main barriers to achieving your health and fitness goals,” Holland said. Click Here to See Fitness and Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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