Why Working Out As A Couple Is Game-Changing
As a couple, working out together is something we are very passionate about. If one partner is fit but the other isn’t, it makes the other feel insecure, overwhelmed, or jealous.
On the other hand, the “healthier” partner may feel like their hard work isn’t appreciated or feel derailed if their partner is pushing poor choices on them. Exercising as a couple is an opportunity to learn more about each other, spend quality time together, and have the energy for more spontaneity and activity in their lives.
It’s no wonder that, for years, our number one question has been, “How do I get my partner to work out with me?” Here is why working out as a couple is game-changing.
the benefits of working out as a couple
1. More Accountability
Working out as a couple builds in automatic accountability. There are times when one of us won’t want to get out of bed, but that’s when the other takes the leadership role to encourage the other. Furthermore, exercising as a couple forces you to figure out when is the best time to work out and make a schedule.
This is why a recent study at Indiana University showed such positive results for couples working out together. The study showed that “only 8 percent of the participants who exercised with their spouses quit compared to half of the participants who exercised independently of their spouses.”
Accountability is a major benefit for couples who work out together.
2. Better Results
Exercising with a buddy not only makes you show up more consistently, but it makes you push harder. The conclusion of this study is, “Exercising with a virtually present partner can improve performance on an aerobic exercise task across multiple sessions.” When you look at the results, they showed that exercising as a couple can 2X your performance. We find this to be true in our own cardio experiments.
When we do fitness together as a couple, we find that when one of us is better at a particular exercise (when Ryan runs with Alex or when Alex does HIIT with Ryan), the other is pushed to increase performance.
This study from Kansas State University, shows that this increase in work time and intensity is as much as 200 percent! For us, exercising together has helped us diagnose the areas where we need to improve. When you’re doing fitness together, it’s easier for the other to help correct form or notice imbalances that you may have missed yourself.
3. Increased Variety
When working out as a couple, sometimes you’ll have to compromise interests and try something you normally wouldn’t. This variety not only keeps working out more fun, but it also prevents you from plateauing or injuring yourself from over stressing your body with the same movements.
If you don’t like a method of exercise, it’s probably because you’re not good at it. A huge benefit of working out as a couple is that you’ll be forced to try things you normally wouldn’t. Some great workouts couples can do together to add variety include weight lifting and yoga.
If you want to have some fun with your partner, give these 23 couple’s yoga poses a try.
We love the variety offered by Beachbody On Demand. That is one of the 10 reasons we think BOD is worth it for couples.
4. You’ll Fall More In Love
When you experience something new together, like a new workout routine or reaching a goal, it strengthens your bond. Our brains release dopamine, the feel-good chemical when we try new things. And, when you’re with your partner it links that great feeling with their presence.
Working out together puts you both in a great mood. In fact, according to this study, couples who do fitness together end up “feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner.”
5. Closer Bond
Exercising as a couple is, in a way, a form of intimacy. When you are working out together, you’re sweating, breathing heavy, and moving quickly. As a result, your body is releasing endorphins.
Science says that these activities stimulate our brains similar to love making. Therefore, working out together will make you more physically attracted to each other.
6. More Quality Time
Working out as a couple is a simple and productive way to spend more quality time together. You can treat your workout as a date and create some fun memories along the way. You’re bonding over some hard workouts that you won’t forget any time soon!
How has working out as a couple helped you live your best life? Comment below! If your interested in starting a workout program together, sign up for our free Couple’s Fitness Analysis and we’ll be in touch!
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