With February being the month of love, I am sharing some of the physical and psychological benefits of working out with your partner. It has been proven that exercising with your loved improves your relationship. The close proximity of using them as your workout partner, the support, and the encouragement will all help deepen and strengthen your emotional and physical connection.
I have included a couple quick tips from me and a link to a great article from “Psychology Today” on the benefits of sweating in the gym with your love.
My advice when working out together is simple. Assess your partner’s needs and take turns planning / leading the workouts. I’m not suggesting you become your partner’s personal trainer, instead, make sure that you are aware of their goals and how you can best support them in achieving these goals. A general understanding of what you are both trying to achieve will dictate the exercises that you will do. If goals are different (and they will probably be) just talk through what each of you envision for the workouts. Think of this as a new topic of dinner conversation, a nice relaxed talk about why you’re both hitting the gym.
Planning a workout is important, so now that you know what each other is looking to work on, take turns leading your workouts. I always cringe when LK wants to do planks, because she can plank like nobody’s business, but I do them! For me this works out well, because I’m challenged to do something that I probably wouldn’t spend much time doing on my own. This is a prime example of how your partner will benefit from focusing on something you choose versus what they are comfortable doing at the gym. Remember, you need to try something different to get different results!
Apparently psychologists agree, here is that link again for the “Psychology Today” article. LK and I spend a lot of time together in the gym and maintaining an active lifestyle. We hike, lift weights, ride bikes, run, and even cook together. I am no psychologist, but I will say, it’s workin’ for me and my LK!