There are loads of reasons why working up a sweat together is a win/win for you and your partner, from added support and motivation to boosting happy hormones and working towards shared lifestyle goals. Here are some of our favourites…
1 Mutual motivation
If you've made a gym date with your significant other, you're much less likely to blow off your workout to watch another episode of your favourite TV series. When you exercise together, you can keep each other accountable, motivate each other and celebrate every milestone along the way. What's not to like?
2 Trying new things
Been wanting to try that Pilates, yoga or spin class but haven't quite worked up the nerve? Rope in your partner for some moral support – doing it together can give you the boost of confidence you need to give it your best go. And trying new and challenging activities together is a great way to keep things interesting.
3 More quality time
A training session doesn't exactly qualify as a date but it's still time spent doing something you both enjoy – with the added bonus that you'll be getting fit together. So mix things up by scheduling time to work up a PG-rated sweat together, along with the usual dinner and a movie.
4 Boosting feel-good chemicals
Exercise releases endorphins and helps to increase levels of dopamine and serotonin – all of which make for a happier and more relaxed you. Having those mood-boosting chemicals coursing through your body can only be a good thing for your relationship. And did we mention that exercise has a positive effect on sex drive, too?
5 Training support
Your partner isn't your personal trainer, but working out together means you can check each other's form, make sure your alignment is correct, and generally help each other get the most out of each workout. Remember, the idea here is to provide positive feedback, not running commentary that could be mistaken for criticism.
A word of caution…
Working out together can be a wonderful way to share your passion for health and fitness – but remember to go at your own pace. Don't let an over-zealous sense of competition lead to injury as you try to keep up with a partner who may be at a different fitness or strength level to yourself.
Book a trial for a friend/partner and enjoy the benefits of training together.