The Sweat Effect: 3 Benefits Of Working Out With Your Partner
Working out is always more fun when we do it with others, a lesson I learned as a high school runner jogging through parks with a pack of my schoolmates. Why, then, do so many of us only go to the gym or workout on our own? Sure, we might go to fitness classes, but that’s not the same as having a workout buddy. But if you’re in a relationship, the good news is that you already have a built in fitness partner — and working out together could even benefit your relationship.
Research shows that couples who exercise together have greater relationship satisfaction, a closer emotional bond, and their workouts are more efficient, but that’s just scratching the surface. Get excited because it’s time to get fit together.
Quick And Easy Quality Time
One of the most obvious benefits of working out with your partner is the simple reality that we all live under a constant schedule crunch and quality time is hard to come by. Working out together is an easy way to squeeze in quality time, though, because you can focus on each other, providing encouragement and creating some healthy competition, of course.
An Increase In Intimacy
Working out can be exhausting, but it can also be invigorating so it’s no surprise that couples who exercise together report greater physical intimacy. That’s because fitness stimulates the libido and getting in shape can also improve the quality of your sexual relationship. Sweating together in the gym translates to sweating together in the bedroom.
Beyond just going to the gym or taking an exercise class together, there are also certain exercise routines specifically designed for couples seeking more intensive partner work. If you’ve already mastered the basics of yoga, consider trying some acroyoga together as the form builds strength and increases balance while also demanding a great deal of trust. There are also fun couples workouts focused on cardio and bodyweight training.
Grow And Explore Together
Most people have a preferred workout, from weight training to running and everything in between, but that makes it easy to get into a fitness rut. Working out with a partner is a great way to push your limits and explore something new together. Don’t be afraid to get it wrong or look silly — trying new things with your partner is a great way to build emotional intimacy and trust. If that means you get tangled in some aerial silks along the way or get tripped up at a crossfit session, consider that a risk taken in the name of relationship growth.
When your workout partner is also your romantic partner, you benefit from encouragement from the person who knows you best, have a built-in accountability buddy, and you can even get creative with your quality time. From traditional workouts, consider expanding your repertoire to salsa lessons, rock climbing, or a ski vacation. Working out doesn’t have to be a slog — let it be the fuel that takes your relationship to the next level.