Exercise can help you prepare for a date
Dating is fun and exciting, but it can also stress you out. When you’re getting ready for a date, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. However, a quick ab workout before you head off could be exactly what you need. We’ll show you how to relieve stress with some quick pre-date workouts.
Relieve stress and strengthen confidence
Exercise releases endorphins that help us relax and feel good, melting away any stress. It also gives you a jolt of confidence from having accomplished something tough.
Try these quick workouts at home before a big date to go from bundle of nerves to happy and relaxed in no time at all.
The 15-Minute Tone-Up-Anywhere Workout
Pump up your heart rate and metabolism, while strengthening your core and sculpting your legs, shoulders and bum for that extra boost of confidence. Do each exercise for 50 seconds and rest for 10 before moving to the next.
- Marching Glute Bridge
- Alternating Reverse Lunge
- Plank Walk-Up Reps
- Skater Hop
- Rest for a minute, then repeat circuit two more times.
The Bedroom Workout
If you’re too nervous about your date to get out of bed, this one’s for you. All exercises are done lying down and you can go at your own pace, to arm you with the strength and confidence for a fun night out. Do 12 reps of each exercise.
- Facedown Hip External Rotation
- Windshield Wiper
- Glute Bridge
If dinner makes you worry about bloating, try this quick 4-minute workout just before you leave to calm your nerves and improve your metabolic rate. You can choose any exercise for this workout, as long as you go hard.
- 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise, rest for 10.
- Repeat 8 times.
5 Moves, 5 Minutes
If you have your own dumbbells on hand, this one will push you to your limits in record time. Do as many reps as you can in the time limit to get the most out of this tough workout. Do each exercise for 50 seconds and rest for 10 before moving to the next.
- Skier Swing
- Plank Walk-up
- Dumbbell Squat Thrust
- Alternating Shoulder Press
- Lateral Shuffle
- Complete circuit once or repeat three to five times to really push yourself.
Stretch for a quick recovery
Don’t be tempted to skip cooldown stretches to get ready, as you need these to recover. Try this quick stretching sequence to keep muscle soreness from ruining your date.
- Step into a lunge with your back leg straight out, knee touching the floor.
- Extend your arms past your forward knee and interlock your thumbs.
- Inhale and raise your arms overhead as far as you can. Take five deep breaths.
- Switch legs and repeat.