Palisadian-PostHEALTHY LIVING | Feature Reprinted from the Palisadian-Post 
By: Susan Howard, Special to the Palisadian-Post, February 12,2015
Love is in the air during February. It doesn’t have to be about chocolates and going out to dinner. Find healthy options to celebrate by including partner training into your exercise routine. Studies show working out with a friend, coworker, or someone special can increase more than a healthy dose of quality social time. Partner training raises accountability, keeps the spirits high and increases the likelihood of favorable results. Follow these most important tips to find your ideal match for partner training.

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Jennifer Green and Susan Howard keep each other balanced while partner training at Studio K’s new location. Photo: Lizzie Howard

#1 Like-Minded Goals Attract
Opposites may attract but when it comes to working out, find someone who has similar fitness goals and approximately the same level of conditioning. The intensity of the workouts will best suit the needs of both of you and will be safe keeping within your limits
#2 Choose a Cheerleader
Find someone with a positive nature who motivates you and whom you can also motivate. Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It will help both of you remain consistent and take care of each other.
#3 Double the Fun, Double the Knowledge
Training with a partner is much more fun and you can learn from each other. More energy and laughs to keep you going, additional eyes watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, will make both of you safer and happier.
#4 Better than the Mirror
Trust the opinion of your training partner. Many times your body will progress and start to change sooner than you can see on your own. Your partner can help you see the changes in a realistic manner to help you see beyond the physical changes and highlight your improved balance and strength.
#5 Ask and Give 100 Percent
Find someone who will give 100 percent and who will encourage you to bring out your best effort. Partner training studies show that most people perform better on aerobic tests when paired with a workout buddy. Pin it to inspiration or good old-fashioned competition, nobody wants to let their partner down.
#6 Find Your Schedule Twin 
Find someone with a similar schedule so you can plan your training days easier. When you have a plan you are more likely to succeed. Try to work out at least three to four days a week including all aspects of fitness: power, strength, flexibility, balance, core stability, speed and agility.
#7 Consider Your Options
Partner training can be done outdoors, going to a class together, working with a trainer, playing a sport or creating your own routine as a wellness/fitness center. Whatever your choice, you and your partner can spend quality time together while you stay on track reaching your goals in February and beyond. Happy Training.
Note: Remember to always consult your physician before starting any program.