Why You Should Work Out With Your Partner, According To Science

Posted by on November 11, 2017 in Exercise and Fitness, Health with 0 Comments
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“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate cardio activity or 1.25 hours of vigorous cardio work out activity every week, plus two days of strength training.” ~ Rebecca Harrington

Let’s break down what Rebecca Harrington is saying: (a) we should be doing 90 to 150 minutes of cardio and (b) an hour or so of weight training per week.


“Check and check?” Good for you!

“Not so much?” Don’t feel bad about yourself. You’re not alone, believe us.

Yours truly absolutely despised the idea of working out before getting hooked. In fact, most people who work out regularly hated the idea of exercise at first.

Then they found out a little secret: the payoff – especially how much better exercise makes you feel – is well-worth the initial struggle of motivation.

If you struggle with a less-than-enthused attitude as it pertains to working out, any tip, trick, or “hack” is welcome. In this respect, you may want to consider bringing your partner along.

Why? Well, research gives us a few reasons why we should sweat it out with our better halves.

Here’s why you should work out with your SO:

1. Gives our workout a boost

A few of us appreciate a complete absence of people (as in, zero gymgoers) when hitting the gym. Most of us, though, like at least a couple of people around.

Why is this?

Well, humans don’t like doing things by themselves much – the whole “social creature” thing.

Now scientists are saying that your partner may provide an energy boost while working out. This is especially true if we’re already confident in our physical fitness, and have established an exercise routine.

2. A healthier relationship

Studies show that couples who engage in some challenging physical activity report feeling more satisfied with their partners.

Researchers attribute this effect to the physiological components of working out. This makes sense, as exercise is known for producing feel-good hormones, at least in the short term. It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to think that prolonged exercise by our partner’s side would translate into some long-term relationship benefits.

3. Produces lovey-dovey feelings 

The biological and chemical effects of exercise are potent. Few activities produce a natural cocktail of bodily elixirs – and vigorous exercise is one of them.

 

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