When I think of romance I easily picture myself getting hot, sweaty, and out of breath ;) It’s not always, however, in the dirty ways you might be thinking. Exercising with your significant other is a great way to keep fit and improve your relationship. Still not sold on the idea of potentially sweating it out in front of your partner? Check out our 7 reasons why you should start exercising as a couple.
1) You’ll both be looking hot AF
Hopefully you love your partner for what’s on the inside, but a sexy exterior is always an added benefit. Working out together means you’ll both be in tip top shape, which only helps keep the passion alive.
2) Prevent the Inevitable Weight Gain
Love is great, but the inevitable extra pounds most people add on when getting into a new a relationship sucks. Its easy to replace to gym time with cuddling and dinner dates. Not to mention there is less incentive to look good when you have someone who loves you unconditionally. Working out together, however, means you don’t need to choose between fitness and couple time.
3) Endorphins <3 <3 <3
In the wise words of the Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.” You might not be plotting your partner's murder, but it will help you keep your cool next time they do something annoying.
4) You have a easy access workout buddy
The best part of being in a relationship is you always have a companion. Therefore no need to look hard for a workout buddy when you have the perfect one already there.
5) Cheap Activity you can do together
Dating can get expensive. You have to come up with and pay for activities to do together as a couple (no, watching Netflix every time does not count as a date). Going for a hike, bike ride, or busting out your resistance bands on the beach can be a great way to do something without spending tons of $$$
6) Better Sex
If this doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will. Regular workouts means better sex. And with both partners revving it up in the gym, you’ll both be bringing your A game to the bedroom ;)
7) Stronger muscles -> stronger relationship
Exercising together can be great way to strengthen the intimacy in your relationship. “Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship,” says marriage and relationship psychotherapist Dr. Jane Greer.
Did I convince you? Try out these Rubberbanditz resistance band exercises to kickstart your workout date!
1) Position you and your partner so the band is circling both of you at the waist
2) Lunge out in opposite directions
1) Face back to back with about a foot in between with the band around both of you
2) Lunge forward alternating legs
1) Face each other
2) Lunge backwards alternating legs, going against the band’s resistance