Thursday, February 14, 2008
COUPLES THAT WORKOUT TOGETHER STAY TOGETHER
At least that’s what I think. Exercising together can enhance a relationship. The two of you may be at different fitness levels and have different goals, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise together.
So many times I see couples at the gym, but they are always doing different exercises, or one is hitting the weights and the other is on the treadmill. Well it’s time to change.
You can join a group class like salsa dancing or yoga. Do cardio side-by-side at the gym by choosing to machines beside each other. Get out side and run together. When in the gym, workout together, spotting each other, and switch between sets. Stretch together, it has been shown that assisted stretching can be beneficial. Pick some outside hobbies like canoeing, rock climbing or tossing the football around. There are a plenty of reasons to workout together.
Here are 6 Benefits to Exercising with Your Partner
1. Balance - In many couples, one partner tends to favor cardio (typically women) while the other tends to favor strength training (typically men). By working out together you can balance your workout program to include more of both. Let your partner teach you about the areas of fitness you’re unsure of and be open to new fitness experiences
2. Quality Time - Couples spend most of their time apart due to careers and other responsibilities. Instead of hitting the gym alone, plan a workout time that fits both of your schedules. You’ll reach your fitness goals, without sacrificing that one-on-one time that every partnership needs
3. Inspiration and Support - Getting encouragement and praise from your partner is one of the best motivators. It’ll help both of you to remain consistent, take care of one another and inspire you to continue your workout program
4. Teamwork and Safety – Working out together gives you a chance to work on your communication skills and teamwork. With someone else watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, you’ll exercise more safely than if you were alone. Besides, who cares more about your safety than your soulmate?
5. Sexual Desire - Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, reduce stress, and also increase arousal and libido. Several studies show that men and women who exercise regularly report better (and more frequent) sex with their partners.
6. Respect and Pride - Taking care of your body and your health shows the person you care about that you want to be your best for them—and that you want to be around for years to come.
With these workout ideas for couples, you and your partner can spend quality time together while you stay on track to reaching your goals.
Happy Valentines Day
Some Excerpts from Nicole Nichols