You’ve been following and admiring this couple that lives beside you. They look so into each other, like they’ve just been from their honeymoon when in fact they’ve been married for years now. You begin to ask questions. Why are they so in love with each other? And why do they look so damn good together? Your friendly neighbor says, “They’ve been getting really physical together all through these years!” And you say, “What?” He says, “Not that kind of physical! I mean they’ve been working out together!”
It turns out that doing exercise together indeed provides huge advantages to your relationship with your partner – from getting to spend more time and striving to be healthy together, to, of course, great sex as a couple.
“Lab studies show 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,” wrote social psychologist Theresa E. DiDonato, PhD.
Perhaps it’s time you invited your significant other today when you head out to the gym. Maybe you ought not to be alone in your journey towards a sexier, healthier you. Grab your husband’s hand and bring him along. Take advantage of the benefits of working out together not only for your mental and physical health but also for your relationship as a couple.
Reasons Why Working Out Together Helps You Stay Together
Quality Time Together
Work, meetings, and the kids are among the responsibilities that get in the way of your time with your spouse. You’ve been meaning to squeeze a date night within the week but just can’t get a few hours of your time to fit in with your husband’s. But if you have a workout scheduled three or four times in a week, why don’t you do it with your partner instead? That would only mean more enjoyable and meaningful time together, at the same time keeping yourselves and your relationship healthy.
“Partners who do things together become more closely connected and come to enjoy each other’s company,” wrote research psychologist Rob Pascale, PhD.
You Compete In A Healthy Way
When you’re a gym buff, you tend to compete with other enthusiasts, doing more pushups and carrying heavier weights to make yourself feel better than the rest. However, if you want to add some spice and excitement in your relationship, you can be playful by competing healthily against each other, without the bitterness or jealousy – only sheer determination to stay fit together, and stoking the fires of romance as well. Challenge your spouse to a fun run or have a burpee contest.
Deepens Your Love For Each Other
Body language is practiced when you work out together. You begin to learn how to communicate non-verbally when you try to do the treadmill side by side or lift weights across each other. Your emotions become acclimated to each other and silently establish a more attuned emotional bond. What’s more, sweating it out together arouses physical attraction.
Improved Intimacy Through Shared Goals
Often, when you try to reach for the same workout goals and spend time putting effort into making yourselves healthy, the closeness becomes more significant.
“Intimacy is the sense of another person fully knowing you, and loving you because of who you are—as well as in spite of it,” wrote Susan K. Perry, PhD.
Love doesn’t only show when you look into each other’s eyes, but also when you’re living life and heading towards the same direction in most things – dreams, principles, and even in your attempts to achieve your best shape ever.