Healthy Valentine’s Day! (Partner Workout, Dessert Recipe, and Bonus Article)
You know the old saying "Couples that sweat together stay together"? Whoever came up with that saying was not married to a trainer. Little advice for any trainer looking to give tips to their significant other. Just skip the advice and go straight to being quiet. Saves you from the whole "Stop correcting me!" Just trust me on that.
So just in case you are looking for a workout to do with a partner, it just so happens that I have one.
For partner exercises 1-3 each partner will do their exercise for one minute, then switch exercises, and do that exercise for one minute. For exercise 4 and 5, there is no exercise pairing. Go through the entire list 3 times, for a full body workout in a fairly short amount of time.
1A. Plank jacks- In the pushup position, you will jump your feet out like jumping jacks. Make sure to keep your hips down.
1B. Plank hold- Hold the pushup position or hold the same position on your forearms. Don't let your hips sag down or let your hips go up in the air.
2A. Squats- feet shoulder width apart, push your hips back, sit back and away from your knee caps, making sure to keep your knees out and don't let them cave in.
2B. Seal Jacks- Start with your arms and feet out wide. Jump your hands and feet together.
3A. Jumping jacks- like what you think.
3B. Flutter kicks- lay on your back, sit with your hands on the side of your butt cheeks. Kick your feet barely off the ground like you are swimming.
4. High five pushups- Set up in the pushup position head to head arms length apart from your partner. Lower yourself down at the same time as you come up you will high five your partner at the top of the pushup. Alternate hands each time, feel free to do fist bumps instead.
5. Leg throw downs- One partner lays on the ground while the other partner stands at their head. The partner on the ground will reach back and grab the standing partner's ankles to steady themselves. The partner on the ground will raise both legs up at the same time. The standing partner will lovingly throw the feet back down. The partner on the ground will control their legs and do not let them touch the ground, then raise the feet back up again.
Grilled Banana Splits Recipe
4 ripe bananas 2 Tbsp chocolate chips 1/2 cup non-fat, frozen vanilla yogurt 4 tsp chopped walnuts Directions: 1- Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2- Place each banana on its side on a piece of foil. Cut a slit lengthwise across the top. Leave the skin attached. 3- Push 1/2 Tbsp chocolate chips into the slit of each banana. 4- Wrap the bananas with the foil, leaving the top open. Grill or bake about 15 minutes or until the chocolate melts. 5- Loosen the foil and press the bananas open a little. 6- Top each banana with 2Tbsp of the frozen yogurt and sprinkle with 1tsp walnuts.
I wrote an article for Our Valley Events that covers some other tips on taking care of your own health on Valentine's Day. Yes I am a little bit strange.
Hope you have a great day!
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