Today’s busy lifestyle has you running from pillar to post – rushing off to work, ferrying your children back and forth from school, grocery shopping, washing the car, cooking… The common lament is, “We wish there were more hours in a day!”. We get so caught up in our busy schedules that each one at home is doing his or her own thing. Not that you have no time at all with each other; you just may not be spending quality time with your partner.
If you don’t have a spouse or significant other, find a friend who shares your fitness goals. Post a notice in your local gym and specify the timings and schedule you are aiming for. Or start your own walking group.
It’s more than two birds with one stone – greater fun, better fitness and more bonding with each other. Talk to each other and set realistic goals. Decide what kind of exercise will work well for the two of you – you could walk, jog or swim, go cycling or hiking, join a gym, or a dance or yoga / Pilates class.
Studies have shown that exercising with your partner comes with real and tangible benefits; researchers have found that “those who sweat it together, stay together.” You can support each other and discuss your fitness goals and successes / failures. Having common goals and shared routines does make for stronger relationships.
Couples who exercise together report that they find it easier to stick to their exercise regimen and make lasting lifestyle changes for the better. Working out as a team does make you more committed to your practice. You don’t want to let your partner down or mess up the schedule, so you feel motivated to keep to your exercise plan.
It is not just about boosting your own health and well-being, it also fans the romance in your relationship. People who exercised with their partners say they find themselves happier, more satisfied in their relationship, and more in love with your partner. And here’s a big bonus – physical exercise perks up your sex life. It improves blood flow in a way that can really get you in ‘the mood’!
There come moments in every relationship – hopes, fears and tears about children, work or bills. One woman, who regularly went walking for exercise with her partner, says they were able to discuss and resolve many such issues during their walks – it was their ‘our’ time away from their busy schedules. As they grew older, they simply moved on to different exercise routines to suit their changing needs.
We’ve heard and read a ton of things about the benefits of exercise in general – less stress, better sleep, sharper brain, more energy. Working out releases endorphins and serotonin – particularly Dopomine – the happiness-inducing neurotransmitter. All this is true; relationship psychotherapists also add that actual exercise itself can have a positive impact – physically and emotionally – on the relationship.
Working out together boosts performance and increases output by up to 24%. So, even if your partner is faster than you are, keep exercising together and you are sure to catch up with him or her soon.
Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!