Other than the opportunity to be able to use hashtags like ‘swolemate’ and having a partner who knows your post workout photo angles, why choose to work out with your significant other? Well, there may be a lot of truth behind the old adage that couples who sweat together stay together. Check out our 7 reasons why you may want to ditch date night dinner plans, and opt for a sweat sesh at the gym instead.
Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About
While this may seem basic at heart, being able to open up and share your fitness goals with your loved one is a huge deal. An even bigger deal is encouraging your significant other that their goals can be met, and being the one to help them along the way. Studies have shown that those who share their goals accomplish significantly more than those who do not.1 What do you have to lose? (Share your commitment to fitness with us here!)
Fall in Love Over Again
For couples who have been together for quite some time, you may find yourself missing that spark you once had. The good news is that exercising with your other half may help re-spark that flame. A lot of it has to do with physiological arousal, according to Psychology Today.2 The sweaty palms, racing pulse and other exercise induced symptoms “mirror, in many ways, the thrill of romantic attraction.”3
Some Friendly (or Fierce) Competition
There’s something about competition that breeds the need to come out the best! Why not challenge your partner to some healthy and friendly competition? Not only does it help make the workout more fun, but it may help encourage you to put a little extra effort into that last set. Want to set the stakes a little higher? Opt for whoever comes in second to buy post workout smoothies!
Develop Healthy Lifestyle Changes
When it comes to developing new healthy habits, the gym is a good place to start. Consistent exercise can help lead to overall healthier lifestyles, like changing poor nutritional habits for healthier ones. If you and your other half are focused on becoming healthier together, you may be less tempted to bring home groceries that are unhealthy or go out for dinners that can counteract the effort you’re putting in at the gym.
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More Energy, More Happiness, More Bliss
One word: endorphins. Exercise helps release endorphins and releases dopamine, one of the “happiness” hormones, throughout the body. Being happy with your other half seems like a pretty great reason to grab some dumbbells and start lifting. Not to mention, exercise helps provide the body with more energy, which can help build a healthier mindset for those couples who are feeling tired and sluggish.
Healthier Hearts + Minds
Think of the long-term. You have places to go, people to see, a life to live! In order to help live the life you dream about, engaging in healthy habits and living an active lifestyle can help the body stay healthy. Check out the American Heart Association’s Healthy For GoodTM campaign for some helpful tips on eating smart and moving more to become a healthier you (or healthier two!)
You’ve Got Someone to Hold You Accountable
Some days the thought alone of going to the gym is exhausting. However, once there, that workout can help you feel more energized and get you one step closer to accomplishing your goals. Having your significant other there to offer words of encouragement, remind you of how far you’ve come, and tell you that they believe in your ability to accomplish what you set out to do is sometimes just what the head and heart needs to keep going.
- Matthews, Dr. Gail. “Study Focuses on Strategies for Achieving Goals, Resolutions.”Dominican University of California, dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-highlights-strategies-for-achieving-goals+.
- DiDonato, Theresa. “5 Reasons Why Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 10 Jan. 2014, psychologytoday.com/blog/meet-catch-and-keep/201401/5-reasons-why-couples-who-sweat-together-stay-together.