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The Perfect Workout Partner: Why Couples Who Sweat Together Stay Together

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The Perfect Workout Partner: Why Couples Who Sweat Together Stay Together

Working out with a partner can help you get out of bed when the alarm goes off, can help you burn more calories, and even make you perform better.

But what if your “workout date” is just that — a date! Working out with your special someone won’t just make you both fitter, you’ll fit better together.  Marriage and relationship psychotherapist Dr. Jane Greer says “When a couple works out together, the actual exercise can physically and emotionally have a positive impact. Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship.”

That time you would spend at the gym suddenly becomes “us” time, and that otherwise-boring walk you were planning to take after dinner becomes more fun with good company. Not to mention that if you’re walking with weight loss in mind, you’re more likely to meet your goals with social support.

Both partners will share some of the added benefits of working out, like less stress, better sleep and a sharper brain, all of which can only help you as you navigate the years together.

It might not always be easy. Maybe your fitness routines diverge — one of you loves yoga and one of you can’t stomach a Downward Dog. But trying something new and different together can bring you closer.