They say couples who sweat together, stay together and it turns out there may be merit in this after all. Next time you pound the pavement try dragging out your significant other too.
It makes getting up easier!
The alarm sounds at some ungodly hour of the A.M, it’s the thick of winter and the thought of leaving the comfort of bed is almost unbearable and to make matters harder, next to you is your partner sleeping soundly - you hit snooze and drift back off to dreamland – sound familiar? If your partner is also getting up with you in the mornings, it minimises the temptation of going back to bed.
If you need extra motivation to complete your workout, setting goals with your partner could be the solution. Workouts with your partner will help you stick to your guns even when it’s the last thing you feel like doing as you don’t want to let them down (or vice versa).
You’ll push yourself harder
Having a partner by your side may be the key to reaching your fitness goals. If you’ve noticed solo sweat sessions just don’t deliver the results they used to, it may be because you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough anymore. When couples work out they push and motivate each other and are more likely to experience positive results.
Quality bonding time
Working out with your other half, whether it’s running at the same pace or lifting weights in rhythm, creates “nonverbal matching.” According to Psychology Today, nonverbal matching helps people feel “emotionally attuned with one another.” Those who experience it tend to report greater feelings of bonding with their partner.
A happier relationship
Exercise literally makes for a happier relationship! Among all the other benefits, exercising helps stimulate the release of feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins and two happy individuals equals a happy relationship. The release of endorphins also helps ramp up your sex drive so not only will working out together make you happier but it will up your desire for each other. Plus, when you’re feeling good about yourself you’ll be more willing to get intimate.
With the above in mind, remember that no one ever regrets exercising – it’s great for the mind, body and soul. So on those mornings where you just can’t muster the energy, reach deeper and chuck on your sneakers!
Struggling with energy?
If you find that you constantly suffer from low energy, even on days where you have the motivation, it may be due to an iron deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral required by the body to make healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. You can obtain iron from both meat and plant sources, although plant sources are not absorbed as well. Inadequate iron intake can result in chronic fatigue and general weakness. Your doctor will be able to diagnose an iron deficiency and will likely recommend supplementation.