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Fitness & Motherhood

February is known for Valentine's Day and celebrating with the one's you love.  There is no better time to grab a workout partner and get into shape while spending quality time with the one you love.  Studies have proven that individuals that work out with a partner are more likely to stick with their workout program, so why not give it a try, what do you have to lose!

We all live busy lives so spending time with loved ones and working out sometimes get pushed to the back burner.  The first step is to find a partner, it can be anyone you would love to spend a little more time with, your spouse or a friend.  Next set aside a few blocks of time during the week that you will be committed to working out together.  Last step is to figure out what kind of workout you and your partner would enjoy.

There are many different workouts you can choose from, you can start with walking or running or maybe some cardio mixed in with strength training.  Whatever workout you decide on the most important factor is to stick with it.  As part of a partnership your job isn't just to work out, but also to be a cheerleader and motivator for your partner.

Here are a few ideas to work into your partner workout:

1.  Partner Sit Up- Lie down on your back and put your feet together.  Both partners raise up in a sit up position and repeat.

2.  Wall Sit Tricep Dips- One partner performs a wall sit while working their lower body while the other partner places their hands on the others knees and performs tricep dips.  Switch places when completed.

3.  Plank High 5's- Both partners assume the plank position and raise opposite hands off the floor and give alternating high 5's.

4.  Push-Up Game- Grab a deck of cards and deal out five cards (more or less if needed) to each individual.  Each partner flips over a card and does that many push-ups. 

Have a great Valentine's Day and after your husband takes you out to dinner try a few of the above exercises.  Visit http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/partner-exercises for more ideas on great partner workouts.  

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.

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