The number one New Year’s resolution for most people is to lose weight, and if you’re determined to get fit and stay healthy this year, stay on task with the best motivator of all: your significant other. Get your partner on board by explaining how important it is to you to stick with your resolution and that he or she can offer the best support through participation. Realize the fun that is to be had by engaging in a workout program with your sweetie. You will both become closer by tackling a new challenge together and amp up one another’s energy by pushing each other to reach your goals. Here are a few suggestions for how to get fit together this year:
Partner up with your sweetheart and go rock-climbing together. The Upper Limits (whose newest location opened up in Maryland Heights) offers a safety and instructional course for beginner climbers at $30 a person. Keep in mind that the $30 covers all your rental equipment and climbing for the rest of the day with coupons included for your return visit. Sign up for some top roping, which requires a 2-person team effort: one to climb and one to guide the other in his or her ascent. Learn to rely on your partner through this exercise and strengthen your endurance through this “get-fit” date. For more information, visit www.upperlimits.com.
This next date idea not only keeps you and your love in great shape, but also encourages closeness and romance. Learn the slick moves of the dancing queens and kings from Dance Pizazz (www.dance-pizazz.com). Choose from the elegant ballroom dance to the sassy moves of salsa to the energetic swing dance. Your first lesson is only $25. You can also spice up the evening with the Groupon dance and dinner date deal, which includes a gourmet wine-paired meal along with a custom dance lesson. With any luck, this workout will quickly become a hobby and a promise for many future date nights full of dancing.
Challenge your partner to a jiu-jitsu match, and not only gain strength but learn valuable defense techniques in the process. At the St. Charles MMA Training Center, you and your date can try a class for free before determining if this is the best workout routine for you. While learning the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu may seem intimidating, this fighting style is actually crafted to help a weaker opponent defend against someone bigger. Since you will have an equal chance to take down your partner, this kind of date encourages healthy competition between you and your love and pushes you both to become stronger individually and together. Learn more at www.stcharlesmma.com.