Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There are many benefits to working out together and there is no better way to keep the romance burning. Enjoying a workout with your better half can be a great opportunity for some quality time together, even if you have different fitness levels. Exercising together brings numerous benefits, including exercise motivation, boosting social skills and bolstering commitment.
1. Social time
Whether it’s just a sporting get-together or a social activity after your workout, you’re more likely to enjoy your session in the company of your spouse or significant other.
2. Quality time exercising
Nowadays, everyone is busy and rushing around and the opportunity to take a little quality time out should not be missed. A workout with your significant other or spouse can make you feel refreshed and relaxed which is fantastically therapeutic.
3. Fun time through exercise
Training with your spouse or significant other is good fun and the fun element of your exercise sessions should not be neglected. You may have some serious training goals but it is equally important to enjoy and bring laughter into your exercise routine.
4. Improving your exercise workout
Competition with your training partner is a sure-fire way to give you that extra edge to push that little bit harder or further. Whether you’re looking to chop a minute or two off your race times or you just want to be your best, the extra incentive that competition brings is certain to help you improve.
5. Motivation through group exercise
You know your partner/spouse well, particularly their strengths and weaknesses so you are in a great position to capitalize on this knowledge and motivate them when you can see that the going is getting tough. They will appreciate your help because they know that your support is genuine. Also, the tables can be turned and you can benefit from their support as well.
6. Commitment to exercise
On those days when you’re not 100% sure if you want to tackle your planned workout, because you’ve made an ‘exercise date’ with your partner or friends, you’re far less likely to ditch the session. You will not want to let them down and it’s likely that once you start your training session together, you’ll be glad that you made the effort.
Barbara Brenseke is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and the owner of Train For The Game LI in Bellmore. Barbara has been featured on WALK-FM 97.5 in addition to being published in several Long Island publications. She can be reached by email at [email protected].