We all know that exercise is one of the golden keys to maintaining your physical well-being, but did you know that it could improve your romantic relationship as well? In fact, mounting evidence suggests that working out with your better half is a great way to keep the flames burning in your relationship. If you haven't yet hit the gym with your significant other, below are five good reasons why you should give it a try.
1. Stronger Emotional Connection
When you work out with your better half, you're setting the stage for a much higher degree of emotional connection as a couple. After all, both of you are pursuing a common goal, and you're investing plenty of "sweat equity" as a couple to achieve your fitness objectives. This feeling of mutual dedication to a common ideal creates a powerful emotional bond, especially when each of you sees the work that the other one is putting into it. Not only that but working out together also gives you a context within which you can coordinate your physical movements. For example, you can match each others' pace while jogging, or complete repetitions of a certain strength training exercise in tandem. Psychologists call this type of activity "nonverbal matching," which studies suggest can deepen your level of emotional engagement with each other.
2. Mutual Encouragement
Let's face it: There are times when you're hyped and excited about working out, while your partner seems to be dragging their feet. Other times, your mate is eager to hit the gym, but you would rather get a root canal than work out. Fortunately, it's a rare occasion for both of you to be completely unmotivated at the same time. When your better half is feeling down, you can pick them up, and when you're running short on motivation, your partner can provide the encouragement that you need. This precious benefit of mutual encouragement is one of the best reasons to work out with your significant other.
3. Smart Time Investment
All of us have work, family and social obligations that can easily cram our calendar on a daily basis. By working out with your better half, you can "kill two birds with one stone" and sneak in some extra time with your sweetheart in the middle of a busy week.
4. Boosts Romantic Attraction
Keep in mind that exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which are the "feel-good" hormones that in many ways mimic the physical symptoms of romantic attraction. While this can provide a natural high when you're working out by yourself, it can really send the sparks flying when you're engaging in a sweat session with your mate.
5. Improves Your Chances
You've probably heard the saying "The couple that plays together, stays together." There's a lot of truth to that statement, as the ability to have fun together is one of the earmarks of a successful couple. While there are a lot of factors that contribute to the overall success of a relationship, it's hard to deny that enjoying a fun workout with your significant other on a regular basis is a great way to improve your long-term chances as a couple.
The above points are just a small example of the many benefits you can gain from working out with your better half. So grab your partner, hit the gym, and enjoy a fun and rewarding opportunity that can strengthen your connection as a couple!