You know what they say about couples who work out together? Well, nothing really. But partnering with an exercise buddy has been shown in studies to improve the likelihood that you will stick to a fitness routine - particularly if that person is emotionally supportive.
While it doesn't necessarily replace therapy, psychologists agree that working out with your S.O. (significant other), acts as a great supplement. Exercising together is a good place to start to rebuild a connection and have fun together.
Even if you're relationship is happy and healthy, there are still extra benefits to be gained from working out as a couple. And we're all for it!
1. YOU'LL FEEL MORE CONNECTED
Latest research has shown, tossing a medicine ball to each other, lifting weights in time together or matching your running pace with each other is called "non-verbral matching."
This helps people feel emotionally connected with their partner, and they feel they have bonded with each other! They have to be attuned to each other. Doing this, increases that level of connection and increases feelings of bonding.
2. IT BOOSTS YOUR LIBIDO & ENHANCES YOUR SEX LIFE
Nothing takes your sexual juices from 0 to 100 real quick, than seeing your partner pushing themselves in a strenuous workout. As humans, we're primal. That primitive need for safety gets reinforced when we see our alpha male/female demonstrating power, strength and stamina, with sexy sweat pouring down their back. Not to mention, all the symptons of physiological arousal - sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath from your own workout (sound familiar?)
3. YOU'LL FEEL MORE SUPPORTED
Working out as a couple creates a level of support that will help you both reach your fitness goals. As your sweating it out, your bonding over a common goal and creating an underlying source of support and motivation to each other.
4. YOU'LL FEEL MORE CONFIDENT!
We all know working out releases happy hormones and happy life = happy wife. But in all seriousness, working out releases certain hormones that can be invigorating and lead to a sense of feeling confidence and even more-so, sexiness.
Scientifically, endorphins are produced in the brain and released during exercise and also stimulates the production of dopamine - the increased feelings of pleasure. A high almost. Need we say more..?
5. IT IMPROVES THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR WORKOUTS
Studies also show, the mere presence of someone else affects your ability to do an activity. Competitive anyone? Even if you feel competent doing a particular exercise, bringing along your romantic partner will help you with a performance boost.
Ready to start working out with your partner in crime? Get started with our ultimate Couples Guide here.