Ok, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that does not mean the romance has to go with it. It’s hard for some couples to find time together. Oddly, time is also one of the main reasons people do not exercise. So, solve the problem by combining the two!
Research has shown over and over again that working out with a buddy helps us stick with the program. So, why not make that buddy your spouse or partner? Couples who work out together increase their chances of sticking to their fitness regimen by 90 percent more than if they were doing it alone. It provides a whole different type of bonding, and if you are both learning a new activity, it makes it more fun learning together.
Moe Gelbart of Gelbart and Associates, a psychologist and licensed family therapist agrees. Couples who exercise together are more likely to find each other physically attractive, and they benefit from being together.
For couples who are not in the same shape, try a spinning class where individual paces can be set. Tandem cycling outdoors helps couples “work” together, martial arts is a great way to get a whole-body workout while allowing close physical contact. And for those who are worried about looking foolish in front of their partner, go for a hike or a walk. Doing something different can shake up a relationship in a positive way while improving your health.
Resource: Exercise Etc. Inc.