Fitness is no longer a fad, but a way of life for millions of Americans — and it’s awesome to see. What’s also growing is the number of couples hitting the gym together, including my husband and me. We met at a race in Chicago six years ago and have been running, biking, and lifting together ever since. We even worked out together on our wedding day to help relieve wedding jitters.
Hitting the gym together has been one of the best things for our relationship that we’ve ever done. Here’s why you should try it, too!
1. Exercising together can boost the quality of your romantic relationship.
There are plenty of studies out there that show that couples who work out together feel more satisfied in their relationships. Some even have a more romantic connection with their partners. Sharing a common goal also builds strength within the relationship that may not have formed in another way.
2. Everyone needs a little accountability.
There have been times when it’s been downright hard to get out of bed and get into my workout. Having a partner who is equally committed to staying fit can ensure both parties don’t blow off their daily exercise.
3. It’s all about teamwork.
Relationships and marriages are all about working together. Taking on new fitness challenges with your partner can take your relationship to a whole new level. As you both work toward your goals, you have a better understanding of the obstacles and victories your partner is experiencing. Just think how powerful that understanding can be in other areas of your relationship.
4. You’ll spend more time together.
Everyone’s busy and there’s a lot to get done in a day. But working out together can be a way to spend additional time together. Not only do you have the social support you need to complete your workouts, but you also have the time carved out in both partners’ schedules. And you won’t argue about one person always being gone at the gym.
5. It’s fun, and you’ll be healthier together!
It’s really fun to plan active adventures with your significant other. You can run a 5k together, participate in a competition, plan a hiking date, and so much more. When both parties are active, there isn’t much you can’t do in terms of really fun dates and trips. The benefits of working out are also endless — from reduced stress to improved self-esteem. You and your partner can reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle for many years to come, TOGETHER!
What’s been your favorite experience working out with your partner? What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in your relationship? Leave your comments below!