5 benefits of working out with your partner
Valentine's Day! What better time to think about how physical fitness can benefit not only your own health and well-being, but that of your relationship too. Why not grab your partner’s hand and invite him or her to be your workout partner. Mounting evidence suggests that couples who sweat together really do stay together.
Reported benefits include:
-Increased happiness with your relationship.
After participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity together, couples have reported feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner. Awwww. They say it's the physiological arousal that drives romantic attraction. So sharing a fitness goal, taking regular runs together, ballroom dancing, or having a date night at the gym could boost the quality of your relationship.
-Improved efficiency of workouts.
Social psychology has suggested for ages that the mere presence of someone else can affect your ability to do an activity. Even if you already feel competent doing a particular exercise, bringing along your other half could be a top way to boost your energy output. Your partner’s presence will improve your performance, without you being that aware of their influence. Word of warning though- if you're a newbie to a particular exercise it might be best to fly solo 'till you suss it because in this case their presence might affect you in the wrong way! Unless they're helpful and non judgemental so you won't get flustered.
-Falling more in love.
Exercise brings about the symptoms of physiological arousal—sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath. These symptoms mimic the thrill of romantic attraction. In fact sometimes people can easily mistake the two and confuse physical arousal for romantic attraction (yeah, us too). Use this to your advantage by inviting your crush to workout with you, they might end up more attracted to you! ;)
-Helps achieve your fitness goals.
It's been shown that when someone cares both about their own and their SO's fitness goals, a more supportive relationship around those goals forms. It encourages conversations around them which can lead to complimentary or motivational comments, support with diet or a kick up the bum when needed.
-Increased emotional bond.
When you work out together, you're able coordinate your actions. Things like lifting weights in rhythm with your partner, match your own walking or running pace with theirs, or toss medicine balls back and forth. This nonverbal mimicry helps people feel emotionally in tune with each other, and people who experience it tend to report greater feelings of having “bonded” with their partner.
So, all in all, worth a go! Unless you're both stubborn with opposing fitness preferences and might end up in an argument, we'll leave that to your own judgement.....