The Benefits of Exercising With Your Spouse

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Not motivated to hit the gym? Having a hard time sticking to your workout plan? Might be time to recruit your boo! In fact, studies show that couples who work out together increase their chances of sticking to their exercise program by 90 percent. However, the real power in power lifting with your lover is that couples who sweat together really do stay together. So if you’re looking to strengthen your body and your relationship, here are some tips to show you how teaming up can help you shape up.

Stay Accountable for Workout Success

On the days that you would rather run to happy hour than to the gym, taking a moment to remember that your love bug is waiting not only to cheer you on but also to be cheered on is motivation in itself. Feeling guilty for skipping a solo sweat session is one thing, but the guilt you feel for letting down someone else is another. So don’t leave your loved one hanging on the pullup bar. Instead, invite accountability to the party and automatically eliminate the one thing that’s most likely standing between you and your results: a lack of consequences.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

I can hear you now: “I love yoga and he loves CrossFit! Working out together will never work!” Typical concern. However, having different interests is what keeps relationships interesting, right? Remember when you first started dating and you learned how to play spades simply because he wanted to be partners at the next game night? Or that time he saw that rom-com with you even though a blockbuster action flick hit theaters the same weekend?

Well, then, how about incorporating this “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality into your fitness life? By doing so, not only will you be ditching your comfort zone, but you’ll also be opening the door to optimal training. This is great because when you do the same workout over and over again, plateaus are sure to be had. But when you’re efficient in various forms of exercise (i.e., optimal training), new challenges will begin to breed new results. So partner up, learn new things and get in the best shape possible all at once.

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Source: The Root | ROBBIE ANN DARBY

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