Why Couples Should Workout Together
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It can also make your bond stronger, your relationship happier and your sex life better.
A 2008 study conducted at Florida Atlantic University found that couples who exercised frequently were more likely to rate themselves higher in regards to sexual performance and sexual desirability. However, researchers also found that the improvements in sexual health varied between the two sexes. Physical activity was shown to prime a woman’s body for sexual activity by making her more sensitive to touch and increasing the efficacy of stimuli, while men experience improved sexual function and better orgasms.
Food For Thought
Still need more reasons to work out as a couple? Think back to a typical Friday night or weekend morning. How are you spending time with your significant other? Chances are, it includes something greasy, fried or served in a frothy glass. Not only will you be saving money and calories by hitting the gym together, you’re investing in something with a value that far outweighs an hour or two at your favorite restaurant.
Couples who are committed to fitness, also take their healthy habits with them to the kitchen. Don’t be surprised if meal planning becomes a new, favorite hobby. No more late night runs to Taco Bell, hurried drive through orders at McDonalds or lunches slapped together that barely keep you going though the remainder of your day.
Let’s face it, after work, friends, commitments and anything else life throws at us, there isn’t much time allocated to spend time with the person we love most. When it comes to spending time together, though, it turns out you and your partner could likely find a lot of value in bonding over a little bit of fitness.
“Relationships and fitness go hand in hand,” says Amy Baglan, CEO and founder of MeetMindful.com and Yoga Dates. “They are both hard work but well worth it. A romantic relationship that is worth something is always going to be hard work, just like getting in shape and becoming healthier require time and effort.”
Baglan explained that if you approach your relationships the same way you approach your fitness goals, there’s lots of potential for you and your partner to form a better bond. Additionally, Shane Allen, a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist notes that research has shown losing weight is easiest when you do it with someone else. “What better person to do it with than your romantic partner? You can celebrate each other’s successes and help each other through struggles,” says Allen. “Some of the strongest relationships I’ve seen are those with people who exercise together. Common goals and shared routines are what help make a relationship, as well as our bodies, stronger.”
We love by the motto, “work hard, play hard” Couples who are committed to sticking it out in the gym probably won’t be found sitting for hours at the slots in Vegas or an all you can eat Disney cruise. Instead, you’ll find them testing their limits hiking exotic jungles in South America, hiking miles of terrain up a mountain in Hawaii or stripping down to enjoy their fruits of their labors off a coast in the Caribbean.
Accountability is key, both in the gym and in life. It might sound corny, but its that time you would spend at the gym suddenly becomes “us” time, and that otherwise-boring walk you were planning to take after dinner becomes more fun with good company.
“When a couple works out together, the actual exercise itself can physically and emotionally have a positive impact,” explained Dr. Jane Greer, a marriage and relationship psychotherapist in New York City and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship. “Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship.”
When both the partners are working out together, they will encourage and motivate each other. Whether your significant other is encouraging you to sweat a little more or he/she is giving you negative remarks about putting on some extra pounds; in both the cases, you are getting that extra push that you needed to get back on track.