Many people exercise alone. A quick look around at the gym will verify this as you notice solo runners on the treadmill and muscly dudes moving across the free weight floor. The truth is a lot of us don’t consider bringing a friend to the gym. But why not? And why not bring one of the most important people in your life - your significant other? Exercising with your partner can be rewarding and offers some notable benefits. Here are a handful to think about.
Spend more time together
It’s a busy world. Between work, personal obligations, chores, and trying to achieve your goals, it can be difficult to find the time to spend with the one you care about most. And when you do find the time, a lot of those hours are spent on the couch staring at screens. But not if you exercise together. Whether you decide to strap on your sneakers for a run or hit the gym, exercise gives you an opportunity to talk and spend quality time together while improving your health.
Develop shared friends
In many relationships, a couple has two sets of friends: yours and your partners. While you may not make too many new friends if you simply use the machines at the gym, if you take an exercise class (such as yoga, dance, and martial arts to name a few) you’re sure to meet some new people and develop a shared friend base among you and your partner. This can provide a sense of community in your fitness endeavors and a group of friends both you and your partner can relate to.
Couples who release endorphins together are happier together
You’ve likely heard of endorphins, the natural chemical in your body that produces a euphoric like high. The endorphin release from exercise can produce a noticeable boost to your mood, which can create a greater sense of mutual, physical well-being. In other words, it makes you and your partner happier. What’s not to love about that?
Support each other
In a relationship, you and your partner support each other in various ways. Maybe it’s through listening to your partner when he’s had a tough day at work, or maybe it’s attending an event you absolutely dread because you know your presence makes your partner happy. Well, when you exercise together, you also have another opportunity to support each other, but in a different way. If you set joint exercise goals, you can motivate each other to achieve them. If you fall down or struggle, your partner will be right there to pick you up - and vice versa. Just as you support each other in achieving your life goals, supporting each other in your joint fitness goals can also help strengthen your bond and deepen your connection, letting the other know you care.
Enjoy each other’s body
When you workout together, you will witness firsthand as your partner’s body changes, becoming firmer and leaner. Experiencing these changes together can obviously crank up the heat in the bedroom. And to add to the fire, endorphins produced during exercise trigger the release of sex hormones, which can ignite passion in your relationship and sex life.
Outside of the bedroom, knowing that your partner is committed to their health and physical well-being can be extremely attractive. Obviously you want your partner to take care of his or herself. And when you exercise together, you can see that commitment first hand.
If your fitness goals or relationship are stuck in a rut, working out together may be worth a try. But whether you choose to exercise solo or with your partner, we are always here to lend a helping hand. We have classes, trainers and the all equipment you need to achieve your fitness goals. Give us a call today and learn how we can help you.