February 11th, 2019

Train Together, Stay Together — Why Couples Should Workout Together

We all go into relationships hoping to beat the odds and stand the test of time, unfortunately, not all make it. However, studies have shown that couples who work out together have statistically better odds than most.

Makes sense right? A lot of couples burn out because of a lack of communication and not enough quality time spent together. When you hit the gym or the trails together you're killing a whole bunch of birds with one stone. Find out why below.

Physiological Connection: When we partake in physical activity, all of our barometric measures such as heart rate, endorphins, blood pressure, sweat, etc rise. Sharing this high with your partner can positively affect your mental and physical connection.

Accountability: Having a partner to hold you accountable ensures that you reach your fitness goals. According to a study by the Prevention Magazine, 94% of couples stuck to their fitness routine and reached their goals when they worked out together.

Brain Training: Trying a new activity with your partner is a sure way to relationship success. When you experience something new, your brain is flooded with dopamine, the feel-good chemical. Sharing this experience with a partner leads the brain to link these positive feelings with your SO. 

Learn more about each other: Spending time doing a fitness activity together helps you know them better. You will talk more, laugh and share vulnerable moments together. You will be able to learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which will strengthen your bond as a couple.

Emotional Bond: Studies show that when you do an activity together, like lifting weights or running on the treadmill at the same pace, it creates a non-verbal mimicry pattern. This behavior benefits both by making you feel emotionally in tune with each other. Exercising together not only benefits you both physically but emotionally as well!

Healthy Date Night: Rather than spending a night going out drinking, or eating at a restaurant with high fatty foods, make gym night a date night! Spending quality time, laughing, and cherishing one another while each one improves their physical and mental strength is a win-win!

Whether it’s hitting the weights, going on a long weekend run, or hiking the highest mountain in the world, it is a great idea to share the experience with your significant other. It builds a physical and emotional connection, makes you more successful in your fitness journey, and confidently grow your relationship. So grab your partner’s hand and lead the way to sweat together!

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​Sofia Rodriguez, Fitness & Health Expert

Sofia Rodriguez is a Fitness & Health Expert in the VA/DC area. She has a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and has worked with cardiac, cancer, diabetic, and injury rehab patients in the past. She is a Certified Personal Trainer ranked among top trainers in the country with many years of experience training clients for weight loss, muscle gain, and overall health. Sofia has been the go-to expert on many TV morning shows, has been featured in several magazines and online publications such as Forbes & Huffington Post, is a published fitness writer, a fitness model, and specializes in bodybuilding and nutrition. She is bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English.

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