Summer is just around the corner and that means everyone is thinking of their bikini bods and short shorts. The fresh air, blooming flowers, and extra hours of sunshine, is the perfect excuse to catch the fitness bug and get active. Whether you are starting from scratch, getting back into the fitness game after hibernating for the winter, or are just pumped to turn up your fitness intensity, these ideas are the perfect addition to your healthy lifestyle.
We know how motivating it is to get fit and healthy with your partner by your side. Get active together with these motivating gifts, tips, and ideas.
Yes it’s true that if you have gravity, your body, and some healthy food at your disposal, you are capable of getting fit. You don’t need any fancy equipment or expensive products to change your lifestyle, but they can make it a little easier and help keep you motivated. We have recommended a few simple items that we use on the daily to make our active lifestyle become routine.
Get a Good Blender
Nothing is better than a cold smoothie after an intense workout on a hot summers day. After using and breaking so many blenders, I am a huge fan of the Ninja Professional brand blenders. Great for thick smoothies, creamy guacamole and tangy sorbets, this must have item will inspire you to whip up some new healthy recipes. Check out our pinterest for great blender recipes!
Polar Loop Activity Tracker and Heart Rate Monitor
I have been wearing my Polar Loop Activity Tracker for 2 years straight now and it pushes me everyday to stay active. There is nothing more annoying than looking down at your Polar Loop and seeing you have only walked 500 steps. Get the Heart Rate Monitor to track the intensity of your workouts and really feel like you have accomplished your goals. Sure your partner helps keep you accountable, but sometimes they don’t feel like putting in the work either, so use this baby to keep you motivated!
Sports Towel for Those Sweaty Workouts
These Sports Towels are total lifesavers on hot and sweaty summer days. Super compact and absorbent, they are perfect for yoga class, post gym showers, and wiping up your sweat after an intense flag football game. They even come in a bunch of different sizes and colors depending on what you and your partner need. Chris and I love how compact they get and the fact that they are quick drying is an extra bonus. They also make great travel towels!
Yoga Mats are Very Versatile
These Yoga Mats are good for everything! Picnics, ab workouts, a little extra floor cushioning for a night of sexy fun. Whatever you use your yoga mat for, they are worth the purchase! Get one with a good strap or bag for easy transport and consider buying one a little thicker if you have sensitive joints. A yoga mat is not something worth cheaping out on. Go for good quality and it will last you longer, dry faster, keep its shape, and is less likely to get smelly.
Stay Hydrated with a Reusable Water Bottle
This inexpensive item is a great way to start getting healthy. Increasing your water intake helps you decrease the amount of calories you consume in a day, improves your skin, and eases muscle soreness after workouts. Stay hydrated and stay away from the soft drinks with cute reusable water bottles. Before you know it you will be as attached to your water bottle as you are to your iPhone.
Jumping into a healthy lifestyle without knowing what you are doing can be intimidating and create barriers that are sometimes hard to overcome. The best way to get through this is to learn the basics. We love learning new recipes, fitness techniques, health recommendations, and workouts. If you are always learning new things, you will never get bored and you will stay motivated!
Try a few Local Fitness Classes
Investing in fitness classes as a couple is a great way to spend more time together and stay accountable. Local classes often have deals for signing up together or discounts for first month trials. Try out a few different types of classes with different instructors. There are so many options out there so don’t be upset if you don’t enjoy crossfit or yoga, maybe your thing is boxing or pilates. Even if you don’t stick to classes in the long run, you can learn great new exercises and techniques from the instructors.
Go Online and Workout from Home
If you are both a little shy or money conscious and would rather work out from home, go check out our blog post on why working out as a couple is awesome by Amanda Pennino, our own personal online fitness coach. You can start with workouts at your fitness level so that the learning curve isn’t overwhelming. Home workouts programs come with workout schedules, eating plans, and amazing resources from online coaches.
Take Some Healthy Cooking Classes
Find a local cooking class that uses fresh, local ingredients. Not only will you learn new techniques and recipes, but it’s a perfect creative date night idea. It is normal to get stuck in a food rut since cooking foods you have never tried before can be intimidating. The more you and your partner learn to experiment with food, the more likely you are to find healthy ingredients and recipes you both love.
Damn you guys are looking good! Changing your lifestyle habits into healthy ones, is not an easy task. It can mean waking up early on the weekend to get in your workout, a few less nights at the bar with your buddies, and saying no to second helpings of your mom’s amazing lasagna. Be proud of your accomplishments! Use these ideas to set goals for yourselves and reward your efforts. This is the time to give your partner a high five and celebrate!
Enjoy a Day at the Spa
The ultimate gift for a job well done. Have you and your partner been killing your workouts? Your muscles are sore, your teeth are filled with spinach, you’re always covered in a salty layer of sweat. Well now you deserve to spoil your newly toned bodies and celebrate all your hard work. Book a hotel, spend the day at a spa relaxing those tired muscles, get a couples massage to work out all those knots, and then splurge on a hearty dinner with a huge dessert. You guys deserve it!
Plan a Relaxing and Sexy Night
You have both never been more attracted to each other, but lets be honest, all these workouts make you too tired to raise your arms and hug. Give your bodies a few days off to recover and then get in a sexy workout with each other. Spend the evening rediscovering your partner’s body and all their new muscles and curves. Need some inspiration? Go check out our fun and sexy game for couples for a little extra fun in the bedroom!
Go Shopping for That New and Improved Body
There is nothing more rewarding than putting on last years shorts and realizing they are too big on you now. Spend the day shopping with your partner picking out new clothes and complementing each others toned glutes and bulging biceps. Having a goal outfit at the beginning of your fitness journey can be a great way to stay motivated.
Have the Ultimate Cheat Day
Chris and I live in Quebec, and that means we love Poutine! Poutines are made with french fries, covered in cheese curds with gravy poured on top. Poutine is not a healthy meal by any means and that is why it is our ultimate cheat meal. Split an XL pizza and a soft drink, get the biggest banana split you ever saw, eat a dozen donuts! Today is your ultimate cheat day, eat until you explode, you earned it!
We want you to start your new healthy lifestyle today and we hope these tips and ideas will help make it a little easier. If you need advice or have questions on becoming a fit couple then comment below or write to us on our twitter.
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