5 Reasons Why Every Couple Should Exercise Together
Nadj Villaver | Vigorbuddy.com
Eating dinner, watching movies and traveling together will always be present in everyone’s romantic date ideas. But it’s about time couples consider exercising together because it’s both healthy and romantic.
1) Increase happiness in your relationship.
Exercise-induced endorphins help clear your mind of clutter, up your happiness factor, and rev up your sex drive, says Paul Hokemeyer, PhD, licensed marriage and family therapist. In the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a study found out that after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner.
2) Improve the efficiency of your workouts.
Social psychology suggests that the mere presence of someone else affects your ability to do an activity. That means even if you already feel competent doing a particular exercise, bringing along your romantic partner may be a fantastic way to boost your energy output.
3) Make your partner fall in love with you.
Exercise induces the symptoms of physiological arousal—sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath. These symptoms mirror, in many ways, the thrill of romantic attraction. Research shows that simply doing new things together as a couple ignites the same circuit as does falling in love. By flooding the brain’s reward system with dopamine and norepinephrine, mixing up date night can help those butterflies hang around a bit longer.
4) Help you achieve your fitness goals.
There’s nothing more encouraging than having someone who is one with you not only supports you achieve your goals but also works with you in achieving it. Now you won’t get lazy to go hit they gym but instead be more excited and motivated to finish the workout session.
5) Increase your emotional bond.
working out together creates a context in which you can coordinate your actions with your partner. For example, you might lift weights in rhythm with your partner, match your own walking or running pace with his or hers, or toss medicine balls back and forth. PsychologyToday.com says that nonverbal mimicry helps people feel emotionally attuned with one another, and those who experience or engage in it tend to report greater feelings of having “bonded” with their partner. Exercising together provides an opportunity to create such connection, benefiting both your health and your relationship.