Staying fit is a lifelong journey. It's not just about losing weight; it's about feeling energetic and strong, staying healthy and creating balance in your life. Exercise can benefit you at all stages in your life, from childhood to your later years, and at every point in between. This includes pregnancy and postpartum.
Working out with a partner has multiple benefits. A partner can help encourage and inspire you. Exercising with others increases motivation and accountability, and it's also safer. This is especially true if you're expecting. In your last trimester, you may be more likely to lose balance, so having someone there is always a good idea.
How Can Working Out With A Friend Benefit Me?
If you want to get fit and stay motivated, group personal training is a wonderful idea. It offers a social setting with lots of personal attention. Here are some ideas for workout moves perfect for exercising with a partner:
A strong core helps prevent back pain and injuries, and improves posture. There are a number of ways you can modify the plank exercise to make it easier or more challenging.
This ballet-inspired move helps strengthen the legs and firm the glutes. It's important to use a sturdy chair (or partner!) for balance. Keeping your back straight, plant your feet firmly and wide apart, then lower yourself as though doing a squat. Raise back up and repeat.
3. One-Armed Rows
Again, with the help of a chair, bend yourself at the waist, supporting yourself with your left arm and knee on the chair. With your back parallel to the floor, pull your right arm back to a 90 degree angle, hold and return to the starting position. Use a 5 - 8 pound dumbbell for this exercise.
4. Bicep Curls
These can be done sitting in a chair or standing. All you need are a set of weights. You can start with 3-5 pound weights and work your way up.
5. Side-Lying Leg Lifts
You can use a pillow to give you added cushion and support. These leg lifts help tighten and tone your inner thighs, and strengthen your core.
There are many other exercises you can do in a group personal training setting or with a partner. Regardless of your current level of fitness, you can start right now.
If you are looking for direction and motivation, consider a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts works with people just like you to help them achieve their fitness goals. Contact Ralph today for a free personal training session or to learn more about group training classes.
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