14 October 2020

Working Out With Yor Significant Other

Should You Be Working Out with Your S.O.?

By Nicole Bowling

My fiancé and I will be saying “I do” in just a few short months. So #sweatingforthewedding has become a theme in my household. And while we go
 to the gym together all the time, we rarely work out together. I’m usually over here, he’s over there, and we high five when we cross paths between sets. That recently changed, though, when we signed up to run our first half marathon together this spring. Now, we are training together. Long Monday night runs have become a tradition, and we work out on the treadmills side by side as often as possible.

I can attest: Although I’m generally a fan of solo workouts, having a goal to work toward in tandem with my man has been a fun, not to mention butt-kicking, experience. This is no great surprise, as there are documented advantages to working out with your S.O. that can benefit you both.
Read on to find out if couples who sweat together, really stay together.
What’s better about working out together?
Here’s a look at some of the potential benefits of getting sweaty with your partner.
1. It provides accountability
If you need a push to get out of bed in the morning for your 5 a.m. workout, setting goals with your partner could be the solution. If they’re up and ready to go, you’ll be more likely to get your sweat session done instead of hitting snooze for the next hour. Having an accountability partner can make you stick to your guns, even on days when a workout is the last thing you want to do.
2. It brings happiness to your relationship
Exercise makes you a happier person individually. (Thanks, endorphins!) If you participate in physical activity with your partner, you get to experience that together. Pushing and motivating each other, then experiencing results, creates positivity to bond over.
3. It increases your emotional bond
According to Psychology Today, working out with your partner — running at the same pace, lifting weights in rhythm, or tossing a medicine ball back and forth — creates “nonverbal matching.” Nonverbal matching helps people feel “emotionally attuned with one another.” Those who experience or engage in it tend to report greater feelings of bonding with their partner.
4. It establishes mutual commitment and the importance of physical activity in a relationship
If you and your partner make working out together a regular thing, you establish a common goal and respect that physical activity is important, for yourselves and your relationship. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that individuals are more likely to make a positive health behavior change if their partner does, too. Go ahead and make a daily workout part of your routine together to strengthen your foundation.

Nicole Bowling is a Boston-based writer, ACE-certified personal trainer, and health enthusiast who works to help women live stronger, healthier, happier lives. Her philosophy is to embrace your curves and create your fit — whatever that may be! She was featured in Oxygen magazine’s “Future of Fitness” in the June 2016 issue.

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