Did you know that the perfect training partner could be one who can offer you emotional support, rather than strictly practical? The benefits of exercising with a partner (or even a larger group) have long been discussed. From the motivational benefits to the opportunity to learn new techniques and making sure you never miss a session – all things you can miss out on when you’re responsible for motivating yourself. Whether that’s a regimented gym regime, a simple jog or home circuits, it’s common wisdom that having a partner to motivate you is a great boon to your effectiveness.
There are, however, great benefits that can be gathered from trying out something new and doing exercise with your significant other, something which the research shows can boost you to an even higher level.
A Competitive Edge
Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to motivate one another and behave competitively to enhance your workouts, there have been studies demonstrating the specific benefits of exercising with your partner.
Your body releases endorphins and various other hormones when exercising. Merely being in the presence of your partner when you’ll be feeling on top of the world is reason enough and can help to strengthen your relationship.
Working out with a person you are intimately involved with on all levels can bring the benefit of diversifying your workout. Imaginative fitness exercises for partners can become second nature with someone you feel physically comfortable in the company of, as opposed to a close friend or partner you might feel physically awkward with, regardless of the depth of your relationship.
Building Mutual Interests
The benefit of exercise via sports cannot be underestimated, either. Couples frequently report not being interested in their opposite halves’ interests, and the common trope we see is the disdain with which a stereotypical girlfriend views a stereotypical boyfriend’s football interests.
By playing a mutual sport or doing a mutual activity, however, you can build a hobby together; a shared interest and a chance to share your passions, or rivalries, and always have something to enjoy and debate together. Researchers have even suggested that mutual activities of this type are crucial to a long relationship. That’s not to say every interest should be cooperative – you still need ‘you’ time.
The Long Term
Bear in mind that physicality is not the be all and end all to a happy relationship. Whilst research has showed that, in under 35s, weight is very important, over that age it’s seen as less of an issue.
If you put aside the obvious issue of physicality and think about the holistic benefits, exercise with your partner is a very effective and versatile way to get you feeling closer and enjoying your time together even more than you may already be.
Thanks for reading.
by blog contributor Jackie Edwards