Marriage Fitness: 10 Ways to Get Fit Before the Big Day
Getting married is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s lives.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time. It can be a stressful experience and may take away from precious time spent together as a couple.
Working out is beneficial for your physical and mental health. it can be a terrific way to bond with your partner and develop healthy habits together before marriage.
From yoga to HIIT routines, there are many easy ways you can work on your fitness with your spouse. What better way to get fit before the wedding while spending some quality time together than with a couple’s workout?
Start your healthy marriage off right by pursuing healthy bodies together as a couple. Here are 10 of the best couple’s workouts you can do to get fit before your big day.
1. Do a Wheelbarrow-Squat
One partner will get in a push-up position. The other partner will grab that one’s ankles and pull them up into a wheelbarrow position.
In unison, one spouse will do a push-up while the other does a squat. Both will return to their starting positions together. Repeat as many times as you can handle and then swap positions.
2. Do a HIIT Workout Together
A couple who sweats together stays together, and what better way to get sweaty than with a High-Intensity Interval Training workout?
These HIIT workouts are designed to be short, but intense. This is a great way to exercise with your spouse since you can do HIIT from the comfort of your own home with no equipment needed!
An example of a HIIT workout for your legs and butt might include:
- 20 squats
- 30-second break
- 20 Inner thigh frog bends
- 30-second break
- 15 standing side leg lifts (each side)
- 30-second break
- 10 jump lunges
Take a one-minute break and repeat the entire cycle of exercises 3-5 times.
These workouts tend to be 30 minutes or less, depending on how many reps you do. But, because they are such high-intensity workouts, they keep your body burning fat for the rest of the day.
3. Couple’s Resistance Push-Ups
Start on your stomach to the floor with your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Using your palms, push yourself up. Your partner will stand over you and place their hands on your upper back to create a mild resistance. Complete as many reps as you can handle and then do a switch!
This wedding workout targets your triceps, chest, shoulders, and biceps.
4. Couple’s Yoga
Yoga is a meditative exercise that is mainly used to stretch the body and clear the mind. While this might sound like a mild workout, the results on your body and mind can be astonishing.
Get someplace quiet and practice your stretches. You can start with a bridge pose by lying flat on your backs. With your arms flat on the ground, parallel to your torso beside you, begin lifting your butt. With your knees bent, you will soon feel you are making a “bridge” position with your lower torso and bottom. Hold this position as long as you can.
This promotes blood flow and works wonders on creating a rounder, firmer behind!
According to the Yoga Journal, 34% of Americans (that’s 80 million individuals!) say they are likely to try yoga for the first time within the next 12 months. Why not make this part of your health marriage workouts by trying it together?
5. Take a Class
If you want to get fit before the wedding, why not take a fun class with your partner? This will give you both the opportunity to try something new together. Options for a fun exercise class include:
- Martial Arts
- Kama Sensual
- Hot Yoga
And the list goes on!
Taking a class with your spouse is a great way to promote a healthy marriage date night. It can also do wonders for your marriage fitness routine.
6. Workout in Unison
Working out before the wedding doesn’t have to mean doing complicated double-body exercises. Instead, why not try doing your favorite workout routines side by side? Be elliptical machine buddies or practice your favorite weight training with each other.
7. Do a Partner Twist
This marriage fitness exercise focuses your abs and obliques. Start by kneeling side by side with your backs facing each other. Staring forward, one partner will grab a kettlebell and twist to the left side to pass the weight to their spouse.
The other spouse will slowly turn to receive the kettlebell and then twist in the other direction to pass it back to their partner from the other side.
8. Bedroom Workouts
Physical intimacy is one of the best ways to stay physically and emotionally connected to your spouse. IT can also be considered a mild workout. Time magazine has reported that on average, an individual will burn 3.6 calories per minute during intercourse.
Men average out at 101 calories burned. Women come in at 69.
While these aren’t an enormous number of calories, sexy workouts can do wonders for shaping and toning different areas of your body such as inner thighs and your bum.
9. Hike Together
Choose your favorite forest or local park and go for a romantic hike together. A hike is a great option for a weekly date night. You will be able to get your exercise, talk to one another, and take photographs all in the same activity. Hiking is also a great option for marriage fitness because it combines resistance training and cardio in one workout.
10. Go for a Run
If you are the type to run on the treadmill or jog through the neighborhood, why not make running part of your marriage fitness routine?
How many calories you will burn jogging for 30-minutes a day depends on your build, height, and current weight. However, running or jogging is still one of the best forms of cardio there is.
Hit the pavement at the local track or find a lovely scenic route for your jog. Not only will this work out your body, but it gives you and your spouse an excellent opportunity to talk to one another as you exercise.
Wear appropriate footwear. Stay away from flats and flipflops and opt for a sole-supporting running shoe. These are designed for exercise, will help keep your foot supported in the right places, and are usually made with breathable material. This will make all the difference when your foot hits the pavement.
Are you looking to get fit for your big day? You can build a healthy marriage when you start with healthy bodies. Marriage fitness is growing in popularity and we can see why. Getting fit doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it a date night, instead!
Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.