Want to boost your workout routine? Recruit a fitness
-By Shelley Flannery
Whether it's shopping, dining or vacationing, it's always more
enjoyable to have a partner in crime with you. So why not apply the
same line of thinking to working out?
"Exercising with a partner is always more
fun," says Neal Pire, a certified strength and
conditioning specialist and a fellow of the American College of
Sports Medicine. "And the more fun you have working
out, the more likely you are to actually do
Of course, that's not the only reason you should double up when
working out. "A good fitness
partner acts as a motivator," Pire
says."On days you don't feel like doing it, your
partner will get you out. Someone there pushing
you is highly beneficial. Peer pressure-there's nothing like
it." Setting up a doubles workout is easy. Nearly any
exercise you do alone, you can do with a partner. Here are some
suggestions to get you started:
For partners of different fitness levels, interval training is a
great compromise. When doing cardio-walking, biking or swimming,
for instance-work at one partner's preferred the other partner's
preferred pace. Repeat.
PLAY A RECREATIONAL SPORT LIKE GOLF OR TENNIS.
Grab two more friends and walk nine holes or reserve a court for
ASK A FRIEND TO DANCE.
Sign up for a ballroom dancing class or just hit a nightclub. A
150-pound person can burn 375 calories per hour dancing the night
TAKE A HIKE.
Depending on elevation, you can burn more calories hiking than
walking flat ona treadmill. And it's more scenic, too.
GO CANOEING OR KAYAKING.
This could take some planning, depending on where you live, but
canoeing and kayaking are fun activities that really work the upper