Fitness Friday: How Working Out With Your Mate Strengthens Your Relationship

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/17/2014 | 12:45 PM EST

Hitting the gym with your significant other can bring you closer

While dinner and a movie is the go-to way to spend quality time with your significant other, you probably never considered taking your mate with you to workout. In fact, there are great benefits to hitting the gym or going for a run with your partner. A couple that sweats together, stays together. Don’t believe us? Check out these reasons why getting your workout on with your lover can improve your relationship and make you happier.

Improve The Sexual Attraction

Exercise actually induces the symptoms of physiological arousal, which includes sweaty hands, a racing pulse and shortness of breath. These symptoms mirror the same thrill of romantic attraction, not to mention people tend to mistake the two. Because of that, working out with your partner may increase the attraction between you two, which works to your advantage. Who knew working out could boost your attractiveness? Take a run in the park with your partner and then lay up on the grass like in the movies.

Increase Your Emotional Bond

There’s something spiritual and highly emotional about being in tune with your partner during workouts like running at the same pace, lifting weights in rhythm and spotting each other while you bench press. Doing such things creates a kind of nonverbal connection with your partner that makes you feel like your bond is being strengthened.

Achieve Fitness Goals As A Team

While working out with yourself is fine, having another person by your side - particularly your significant other - boosts your motivation and helps you achieve your fitness goals. Studies show that people who work out with their partners are inspired to work out more, increasing their fitness productivity.

Increase Your Happiness

Research shows 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. Whether you’re taking a dance class, doing yoga or taking boxing lessons, choosing to get fit with your mate is the best way to boost not just your personal happiness but that of the relationship.

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