Stop Exercising Alone
7-Minute Workouts For Couples Make Fitness A Turn On
Do you want to get more exercise, but can't seem to do it alone?
Getting physical with a partner is a great way to escape the boredom of solo exercise and stay motivated.
We'll show you how to do it right.
Better Together is a fitness video series featuring fun 7-minute workouts designed for two people to enjoy.
No heavy fitness equipment or expensive gym memberships -- all you you need is each other.
Created by Love2Lose to make it fun and easy for people to reach their fitness goals, Better Together shows you how to get physical with a fitness buddy, romantic partner or friend-with-benefits.
Research studies show exercise is better together because pairing up helps motivate both partners to stay active (Raglin & Wallace, 1995; Essomba et al., 2016).
The 7-minute workout for two
The 7-minute workout is a popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise circuit that was first featured in the Health and Fitness Journal, published by the American College of Sports Medicine (Klika & Jordan, 2013).
HIIT is challenging physical activity outside the bedroom that takes your cardio above your comfort zone. Short, intense bursts of exercise--lasting between 30 seconds and three minutes—are mixed with rest periods that last the same amount of time or longer.
The 7-minute workout is great for your sex life too because HIIT moves ramp up cardio and improve flexibility and strength -- giving you more stamina and power to get busy, without running out of steam too fast.
The science behind 'Better Together'
Better Together is a science-based workout that can provide several benefits:
Get Fit Fast
Enjoy a fun workout that saves time.
Feel Motivated & Turned On
Most fitness programs are not part of a regular routine and are usually designed for individuals, so people often exercise alone.
Working out with your partner is a necessary part of the Sexercise lifestyle. Pairing up outside the bedroom helps motivate both of you to stay active and take part in regular physical activity, which has been shown to ramp up libido and lead to better sex (Raglin & Wallace, 1995; Essomba et al., 2016).
That revved sex drive can ignite a passionate bedroom workout where sex can count as an exercise move that burns calories and improves flexibility and strength.
Sex counts as aerobic exercise that burns between 69 to 100 calories in a half hour. It is more fun than exercise outside the bedroom and sex can count as another workout option in a couple’s fitness plan for a healthy lifestyle (Frappier et al., 2013; Hellerstein & Friedman, 1970; Nemec et al., 1976, Boone et al., 1995).
Flex Your Sex
Regular physical activity also gives a boost to your sex life by lowering the risk of erectile dysfunction. Exercise that ramps up the heart rate will also increase blood flow to the penis -- which helps maintain strong erections.
Guys who are in good shape also feel less muscle ache after sex.
Soreness in the abs, hip flexors and chest muscles are common in men who don't exercise often (WebMD, 2013).
Tops and bottoms can build better strength, flexibility and stamina for better performance -- in and out of the bedroom.
Look Better Naked
The 7-minute workout has been scientifically shown to result in weight loss (Trapp et al., 2008).
Recent studies have also found that the 7-minute workout improves flexibility, muscle strength, fitness levels, and shrinks waist size by an average of 4 cm to sculpt body composition in 6 to 8 weeks (Mattar et al., 2017; Schmidt et al., 2016).
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