A Couple That Sweats Together Stays Together

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Working out as a couple has benefits that will make your relationship stronger

We already know the benefits of exercise. They include improved energy levels, better sleep and skin health, and a lower risk of diseases. We also know how hard it is to keep at it, and that is why fitness experts recommend getting a workout buddy who will not only help keep you accountable, but make exercise more fun. If, the fitness buddy is your partner, even better, as this has benefits that will bolster your relationship. Here are some of the benefits.

It Improves Teamwork

Teamwork is as important in a relationship as it is in business. Ask couples who have been together for years, and they will tell you that it is one of the components that make a union stand the test of time. You’re better placed to tackle problems and challenges when you present a united front. Say for example when disciplining your kids. Working out together improves teamwork that is why teamwork exercises are encouraged at work for stronger bonds.

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It Improves The Quality Of The Relationship

In a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers from the Department of Psychology at State University of New York found that couples who participate in novel and arousing activities report higher relationship satisfaction, especially when the honeymoon period is over. This wasn’t necessarily so, with couples who participated in mundane activities. And, we know that exercise is not in the mundane category! “It is possible that these kinds of shared experiences provide relationship satisfaction because they are intrinsically enjoyable, and by being shared become associated with the partner and the relationship,” reads part of the study.

It Makes You Exercise More

The number one killer of motivation is boredom, and if you’re working out alone this can arise at some point. But having a fitness partner, a 2016 study shows, will not only make exercise fun but push you to work out more. Interestingly, the study by Dr. Pamela Rackow, and a team of researchers, found that people exercised more when their companion offered emotional support and encouragement rather than practical support like never missing a session. And who better to be emotionally supportive than your partner?

It Improves The Quality Of Your Workout

If your spouse improves his or her workout routine, chances of you following suit are very high. When presenting findings at the American Heart Association’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions, study co-author Laura Cobb said that when it comes to exercise, “the best peer pressure to get moving could be coming from the person who sits across from you at the breakfast table… There’s an epidemic of people in this country who don’t get enough exercise, and we should harness the power of the couple to ensure people are getting a healthy amount of physical activity.”

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