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How to Exercise Together

Shape up with your partner, even if you’re at different fitness levels.

You love the idea of heading to the gym after work, but losing an hour of “us” time makes for a hard choice between spending time with your spouse and staying in shape. Here’s how to work out together so you can have the best of both worlds.

Create a workout space. This can be as simple as heading out to the backyard or as complicated as rearranging your living room furniture.

Set up stations. Place his-and-her free weights at one station, a jump rope at another, and so on. You can switch up what each station will be, but some starter ideas include: crunches, curls, squats, push-ups, lunges, jumping jacks, climbing stairs and jumping rope.

Choose a soundtrack. Play music to stay motivated, or agree to step up the cardio component by talking while you exercise (hey, you’re going to catch up on each other’s days anyway!).

Get going. Start at different stations and do each exercise for a minute until you’ve completed a full "circuit" -- then repeat in the same order for a full half hour. Don't forget to cheer each other on (a joint shower afterward never hurts, either).

-- The Nest Editors

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