Why Couples Should Work Out
By: Robert Maalouf BS, CSCS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1
I know, I know, you have too much on your plate to even think about fitting in exercise for yourself let alone trying to accommodate your partner’s schedule as well. What if I told you working out together, even just once per week, could improve your marriage/relationship and even improve your sex life? I’m pretty sure I’ve got your attention now! Research suggests that couples need to share a common purpose or activity to make their relationship successful long term. There could be a myriad of activities you could both enjoy, but let me tell you why working out should be on the top of your list.
You Won’t Fight Over What’s for Dinner Anymore
If you and your partner are committed to working out and becoming healthier, chances are you will both be on the same page when it comes to food. There’s is nothing worse than working out or committing to a diet and going home to eat a healthy meal only to find your partner eating pizza and a bowl of ice cream for dessert. I always ask my clients if their partner is supporting them through their fitness journey, as this greatly increases their chances of success.
More Date Nights
Having your partner regularly eating healthy meals with you also means that both of you will want to have a meal or two out a week as your cheat meal. Since it won’t be an everyday occurrence, both of you can plan your cheat meals together and make a date out of it! Regular date nights that you both will look forward to, plan out, and then finally enjoy indulging together is amazing for the health of your relationship! It will also keep you focused and working towards a common goal.
A side effect of working out is usually an improvement on your endurance, strength and flexibility. Let’s face it, these are all things that improve the quality of our sex life. I mean, if you can’t perform 10 burpees without losing your breath or you’re not flexible enough to bend down and touch your toes or you can’t hold a plank for at least 30 seconds, well then, you’re probably not doing a very good job in the sack-and I’m talking to both men and women! I’m sure you have read an article or two for better sex, they’re in every magazine nowadays, and from what I have seen, you need a certain level of fitness to be able to do what those articles tell you to do. Besides the health aspect, mentally and emotionally, people that workout usually have better self-esteem – meaning they will be more comfortable in their own bodies and not clothes. 😉
Spending Time Together
Couples that consistently spend time together tend to have longer lasting relationships. With work, family and other obligations, chances are you don’t see your partner as much as you would like or as much as you should. On top of that if only one person in the relationship works out, then one partner will likely complain that the other never works out, and the other partner will complain that the other is always spending their free time at the gym. Once you and your partner start working out at home or at a gym, that time spent together – without your phone/kids/work emails/etc – will be a great opportunity to reconnect and communicate!
Oh how I hate shopping for gifts. Even though there are only a handful of occasions you need to get gifts for, it seems like there is always one around the corner. For fitness oriented people, it’s pretty easy to buy gifts that will put a smile on each other’s faces, and probably a lot cheaper than most conventional gifts. A new pair of Nike leggings with a funky design or a that tank top that says “Beast”, both awesome gifts that fitness lovers would really appreciate.
Getting More Done
It’s impressive when a girl can carry her own bags or boxes, or a man can move a couch without pulling a back muscle. Couples that work out, get more stuff done on day to day basis. You no longer need to call your buddy the next time you need to unload a few things from your car, you get your partner and get it done! That was the case when we were setting up our gym, my wife and I assembled and arranged all of the equipment on our own, and if you didn’t figure it out already, that was some heavy equipment we had to move around.
I could probably keep going, but I think this list is plenty to convince you to get your butt off the couch and start working out with your partner.
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