Sweat Together, Stay Together – Exercises To Do With Your Loved One

Sweat Together, Stay Together – Exercises To Do With Your Loved One

As the study of the effects of exercises grows, researchers have found that when you work out with your romantic partner, you can actually appear more attractive to him or her. I know that doesn’t sound very logical. My typical workout consists of sweat stains, messy hair and pained look on my flushed and make-up-less face. (Not exactly a prime date-catching appearance). But studies do prove that when you workout with your romantic partner, it induces the same symptoms as physiological arousal (sweaty hands, racing pulse, and shortness of breath), mirroring romantic attraction. These sensations can be misattributed to romantic attraction, and make you both fall even more in love with each other.

If that isn’t enough for you and your bae to throw on matching workout gear and run hand-in-hand to the gym, there are even more benefits. Studies show that after participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples felt more satisfied with their relationships (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000). Exercising with a partner also increases  the overall efficiency of your workouts, as a workout buddy’s presence can improve your speed and effort without you even being aware. Working out together also makes it easier for you and your partner to achieve your exercise goals because you can lean on each other for emotional support.

So here are some fun ideas for your next sweat session with that special someone in your heart…

Partner Planks. Planks are a great exercise to do with a partner because having that motivation can take away from the painful monotony that planking can sometimes lead to. A low-impact core exercise, planking helps to increase stability, balance and strength, and – when done correctly – protects your lower back from strain. If you are performing a proper plank, your weight will be evenly distributed throughout your arms, toes and body, and your back will be as flat as possible. You can also perform a modified plank on your knees if you have lower back issues, or are just getting used to the exercise.

 

Partner Facing Planks With Alternating High-Five. This is where you and your workout partner get into a plank position and face one another. You and your partner should mirror one another’s body position and be about 1 or 2 feet away from each other. Maintaining an even distribution of weight throughout the rest of your limbs, raise your right or left arm and high-five your partner. Lower your arm down and then repeat on the other side. You can do 3 sets of 10 per each arm, or 5 sets of 5 per each arm. I recommend that you play around with the rep scheme and find what works best for you and your workout buddy.

 

Partner Farmer Carry. I personally think that farmer carries are an underrated exercise. In this exercise, you carry one dumbbell, kettlebell, or even a heavy bag of books in each hand, and then you just walk. You could also do a Farmer Carry Lunge (where you lunge instead of walk, adding a serious amount of difficulty and core work to the exercise). This exercise works your grip, forearms, shoulders, triceps, and core. The faster you walk, the most you can make this exercise into a cardiovascular exercise as well as a strength routine.

 

 

Farmer’s Race. The hardest thing that I have found about including a Farmers Carry into my workout routine is that its long, painful and a little bit boring. A Farmer’s Race is a fun way for you and your workout partner to challenge one another to push harder, longer and faster in this exercise. (And to add some excitement to your routine). All that you have to do is decide on a distance to go. I recommend 50 to 200 meters depending on the weight that you are carrying and your goal for the exercise, pick up your weight and then walk! If there is too much of a difference between the speed of you and your workout partner, modify the race by giving one of you more distance to travel, or a heavier weight to carry. This is a fun way to challenge each other and to add a little friendly competition into your workout routine.

 

 

Partner Chipper. There is nothing worse than doing a hard workout alone. When I was training for a marathon last year, I did not have a running partner and I remember the stinging pain of boredom more vividly during those long runs that I remember the actual pain of exercise. That is why I think that if you are going to commit to a long workout, you might as well have a buddy to do it with. Here are a few ideas to get you started. You can mix and match as you would like.

 

Well, I hope that was helpful! Good luck and sweat on!

100 Series- The 100 Series is a pretty versatile exercise. You and your partner just need to pick out exercises that you like and can do, and then do 100 reps total. I have included some exercises below to give you some ideas, but it is really up to you on what movements you choose. You can also split up the reps however you would like. So you could both do 50 reps each, or you could split it up into smaller rep schemes (5 sets of 10 per person for example).  The only 2 requirements are that while one person is working, the other is resting, and you cannot move onto the next exercise until you finish the reps in the movement that you are working on. Here are some ideas to get you started:

100 Squats (learn proper form here)

100 Sit-ups (learn proper form here)

100 Push-ups (learn proper form here)

100 Pull-Ups (learn proper form here) 

100 Lunges (learn proper form here) 

100 Wall-Balls (learn proper form here)

100 Deadlifts (learn proper form here)

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12 Days of Gift Solutions: Water of Life Charity

12 Days of Gift Solutions: Water of Life Charity

Today is Christmas Eve–the last day to finish your shopping. Instead of heading to the mall and fighting the traffic, why not consider giving to a charity in honor of your loved one or friend? Today’s charity, Water of Life International, tells us that not only do 783 million people around the world lack access to clean water, but each year 6-8 million people will die from drinking unsafe water. That’s approxiamately the entire state of South Carolina, just gone.Water2

So, on our last Gift Solution post, consider giving to this water non-profit. Water of Life is located right around the corner from our company in Greer, SC. They seek to provide sustainable water sources in villages and homes that need it.

So, today, on Christmas Eve, consider giving the most basic gift to someone who needs it in India, Sierra Leone, or Liberia. Give the gift of water.

 

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  from Fresh Water Systems.

 

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12 Days of Gift Solutions: Blood:Water Mission

12 Days of Gift Solutions: Blood:Water Mission

Blood:Water Mission is our water charity for today’s gift solution. Blood:Water Mission partners with local agencies and communities in Africa to provide both fresh, clean water and HIV/AIDS medicine. This year, they are asking you to give some of the money typically spent on Christmas candies or pet presents to help build a AIDS clinic in Kenya.

Here’s a video showing how you can help:

 

So if you are still looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, think about giving instead to the Isiolo Clinic in Kenya. You’ll be glad you did, and the families and children who visit the clinic will be too.

 

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12 Days of Gift Solutions: Charity: Water

12 Days of Gift Solutions: Charity: Water

Charitywater_vertical_blackLet’s face it. It is the Sunday before Christmas. You don’t have much time left to do your Christmas shopping. You probably won’t be able to order something online and receive it by Christmas. So, for those last few people on your list, why not consider going a different route?

If your list looks anything like my list, there are a few people on there that just seem to have everything. What do they need? Another pair of socks? Another mug? Another tie? Probably not. Why not use your money to help someone who does need it? Donate to a charity in honor of that person who seems to have everything.

For the last three gift solution posts, we’ll introduce you to three great water charities that could use your help.

Let’s take a look at Charity: Water. Charity: Water takes donations and puts them towards water projects in 20 developing countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Charity: Water focuses on digging wells, providing community filtration devices, and providing toilets in places like schools. When proper sanitation is available, the spread of water born illnesses can be cut in half. So why give another tacky Christmas sweater? Consider giving instead to Charity: water to help communities in need.

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12 Days of Gift Solutions: The Crystal Ball Bath Water Filter

12 Days of Gift Solutions: The Crystal Ball Bath Water Filter

Bath-3000-boxThe gift solution for today is the Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Filter. This is the perfect choice for anyone one your list with children or pets.

Chlorine and chloramine are used by almost all municipal water services to disinfect drinking water. However, along with the drinking water, bath and shower water will also have chlorine and chloramine disinfectants in it. These disinfectants can cause a strong musty odor. But, even more concerning than the bad odor, they can cause skin irritation, rashes, and dry, damaged hair. Children and pets may also suffer from the affects of chlorine and chloramine in bath water.

The Rainshow’r Crystal Ball bath filter is a self-contained, easy to use filter that requires no installation time and no plumbing. Simply hang the Crystal Ball from the faucet in the bathtub or swirl the ball around in the bath water. The specially formulated filter media will drastically reduce the dangerous chemicals in bath water immediately upon contact. Simply swirl the ball around in the tub for a few moments after the tub is filled. The filtration media is good for 1 year or approximately 200 baths.

If the Crystal Ball isn’t for you, check out our selection of easy to use shower filters as well. Come back tomorrow for another gift solution! Just a few more shopping days left.

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12 Days of Gift Solutions: The Quick & Hot Instant Water Dispenser

12 Days of Gift Solutions: The Quick & Hot Instant Water Dispenser

Quick and Hot Instant Water DispenserToday’s gift solution is perfect for the person on your list who enjoys hot tea or other hot beverages. The Quick & Hot Instant Water dispenser is a great choice for the homeowner who enjoys instant hot water.

These hot water dispensers are about the size of a countertop coffee maker, a nice fit under your countertop. This dispenser is relatively easy to install, delivering up to 100 cups of steaming hot water per hour. It features an easy to use temperature guage ranging from 140° to 190°.

Our matching, vented Tomlinson faucets come in Contemporary or Designer styles. There are four lovely finishes in Chrome, Satin Nickel, Brushed Stainless, and Antique Bronze. Whatever the decor, one of these lovely faucets is sure to look great as a new sink addition.

For that coffee, tea, or hot cocoa lover on your list, this hot water dispenser is the best choice. And for a limited time, we are offering $15 off for those who purchase a Quick & Hot dispenser and a Tomlinson faucet. Come back tomorrow for our next gift solution.

 

Only four more days til Christmas Eve!

 

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