MAN Magazine Summer 2019

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HEALTHY LIVING

Effort: We put more effort into

exercising when we are working out in

1. pairs. This could be due to the natural

competitiveness that humans have with their

peers, or it could be a sense of moral support,

that we gain from being ‘in it together’. TIP:

Go for a run and race to the finish line. The

winner gets a kiss – win-win then!

Extra Motivation: After a long

day at work, or dealing with the

2. household and garage chores, family

life, or a weekend of socialising; dragging

ourselves to the gym or going for a run is

often the last thing that we want to do, even

though deep down we know that it’s likely

to be the best thing for us. However, if we

prearrange a time and specific day to meet

with our partner with the purpose of getting

fit together, then this is enough to motivate

most of us. Whilst it seems like a bit of a lame

date romantically, both of you are gaining

something positive from this arrangement and

you get to sweat together. Even if you and

your partner live together, set dates and times,

as we tend not to want to let somebody else

down, and we have a sense of commitment,

especially if we have written it in our diaries.

TIP: An early Monday morning swim at the

gym is a great way to kick-start the week for

added motivation. For partners with kids and

limited time, commit to meeting at lunch for

a run, or even do some yoga together after

lights out – this can be a great way to connect

with each other too after a busy day.

3.

Easy and Harder Options: When

we work out alone, we often leave

the benchmark at an achievable

level, and this leads to plateauing. And

sometimes we are more likely to give up

altogether. With a partner, we can mix-up

the routine with easy exercises to begin

with, and gradually work towards advanced

versions, with more repetitions or with heavier

weights. We also want to display some alpha

male status – and with weightlifting being

a popular choice for both men and women

nowadays – it’s likely your partner will give

you a run for your money. TIP: Create a

6-week programme, varying exercises on each

fit-date, as well as varying difficulty to avoid

plateauing, remember to include rest days

too... when you and your partner can meet up

for a well-deserved drink, or cosy up in front

of the telly together.

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WE CAN ENSURE

THAT WE ARE

GETTING FIT IN A

SENSIBLE AND SAFE

WAY, AND AVOIDING

INJURY.

MAN MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019

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