Supermodel Kate Upton recently posted a #fitspo-worthy video of herself working out with her husband, pro baseball player Justin Verlander, proving their #relationshipgoals game is, literally, strong.
Though the couple are newlyweds — meaning they’re undoubtedly excited to spend every waking moment together — research has proven that couples who sweat together, stay together. Which means their relationship has a better chance of thriving if they continue working out together, long past the honeymoon phase.
So if you’re wanting to connect to your partner in a meaningful way while getting physical — outside of the bedroom, of course — here’s how exercising with your partner can successfully impact your relationship.
1. You Motivate Each Other
Everyone knows that having a workout buddy is an effective way to reach fitness goals. But when your workout buddy is your spouse? You even have a better chance of success. A study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that your spouse is actually the best motivator to help you off the couch and get moving.
Researchers discovered that when wives achieved their exercise goals first, husbands were 70% more likely to step up their game. And when husbands got fit first, 40% of wives were likely to meet their exercise goals, after following their lead.
2. Your Workouts Will Improve
A mere presence of someone in the room while performing an activity is known to improve your efficiency, which explains why some people prefer taking a fitness class rather than working out solo. The same concept applies to your partner. With your spouse working out alongside you, you’re more likely to increase your speed and efficacy of your workouts.
Plus a little healthy competition between you will keep you on your toes, both inside and outside of the gym!
3. You’re Happier Together
Sharing a physical activity together has been proven to increase the satisfaction and happiness within a relationship, as well as helps couples to “fall in love” over again. The stimulation of exercise, plus the “newness” of doing something with your partner, amps the romance. Focus on trying different things with your partner every so often — like running a 5k or 10k race, doubles tennis, ballroom dancing — to help keep the spark alive.
4. You’ll Have a Better Sex Life
This is pretty much a no brainer. One, you’re working on carving out toned bodies together, so, naturally, you’d want to check each other out in the flesh. And two, exercise helps release endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals, which helps strengthen your bond, as well as increases your desire for one another. When you feel good and are happy with your spouse, you’re more likely to skip dinner and go straight for…dessert.
5. You’ll Bond More Deeply Than Ever Before
Studies have found that one way to experience bonding with your partner is to practice nonverbal mimicry, which coordinates your actions with another. For example, you and your spouse run at the same pace, lift weights simultaneously, or try acro-yoga together. As a result, you’ll feel more emotionally attuned to your partner in a way that only exercise can provide.
Ultimately, by prioritizing and focusing on fitness together with your partner just like Upton does, you will both improve and strengthen your bodies, as well as your relationship. A win-win situation.
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