This Valentine’s Day, try heating things up with your partner by exercising together. Working out with your loved one can improve intimacy and accountability, AND keep you healthy! Here’s how:
It isn’t always easy to carve out time to spend with your partner. Going on date nights is a great idea, but they aren’t always possible when your job, family, and life, in general, get in the way. Exercising together can give you more consistent, built-in quality time. If you and your significant other already have workouts scheduled separately, why not make it a team effort?
One way to keep your relationship healthy is to do activities together. New experiences activate dopamine – a feel-good chemical in your brain. When you experience something with your partner, your brain will link that feeling with him or her. Try taking a fitness class together, jog together, or go to the gym and try new exercise equipment together. The experience can help bring your closer.
Trying to stick to an exercise regimen by yourself is difficult. When you only have to answer to yourself, it’s much easier to skip a workout. Having a partner by your side will help motivate you and keep you accountable. You’ll also be doing the same for him or her. Studies show that couples stick to their exercise plan when they share the goal of getting healthy and prioritizing fitness. Motivating, encouraging and inspiring each other to workout will make you feel more positive about your relationship.
Fitness Center Specials
The beginning of any year is typically flooded with gym promotions to encourage people to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. Those specials also spill over to Valentine’s Day with couples-themed classes. Many fitness centers will also offer deals if you bring along a significant other or a friend with you. Check for local specials in your area by visiting gym websites.