Working out with Your Significant Other
Working out with your significant other is often portrayed in perfect light: two people with flat abs and toned arms laughing while one plank on top of the other, who is also planking. Working out together seems like a fun date that you can get a cute picture of, to post on Instagram but oftentimes it’s not.
Though exercising with your partner may look different than how it’s portrayed on social media, don’t let that discourage you from enjoying and making the most out of that time.
The benefits of going to the gym with your partner are very real and can definitely make you closer just maybe not in the way you imagine.
Bonding and bodies
Relationships are never as ideal as we imagine them to be.
Through social media and TV programming, it’s easy to fall victim to the idea of true love being perfect, without fault. This can make it hard to see that it takes true sacrifice to keep love alive.
There are many ways couples can work on this, including being mindful of all the ways your partner shows you they care, accepting their flaws, and making intentional connections with them whenever you can.
Going to the gym together can be a great way to connect with your partner, bond with them, and learn to appreciate them in different ways than you normally would.
By going together, you are making a commitment to living a healthier life together and supporting each other’s wellbeing. It is also a great opportunity to set goals and support each other in reaching them, which will help you learn how to motivate and cheer them on.
Bids for your relationship
Though going to the gym together may not be as picture perfect as it is portrayed doesn’t mean that the benefits of it aren’t great, they’re just a bit different than what they seem.
For one thing, you probably won’t be doing couple exercises, though you can definitely do the same ones and trade-off. For another, you may not want to do the same workouts, and that’s not a bad thing.
You’ll still be working to keep your heart young and your love strong.
Individual goals are important
Making your own goals is essential to get and stay fit. It will also help you get to the gym and maintain said goals when your partner can’t make it to the gym with you. To make sure you do this, you can:
- Write down your individual goals.
- Write down what you need to do to get there.
- Show each other your goals so that you are on the same page.
Setting and envisioning goals is not only a great way for you to bond together but also a reminder that you both have your separate needs.
Of course, you will support each other along the way, but acknowledging that you can set goals for yourself can be refreshing, and sometimes a necessary and welcome reminder.
Eating healthy together
Another way you can express your love for each other is through food.
Though it’s nice to binge out on snacks sometimes, you can really show your partner how much you care by committing to a healthier diet.
Encouraging them to eat better will show them that you care about their health and want to help take care of them, and eating healthy yourself will show that you are equally committed to your health so that you can live a healthy life together.
Making sure you get the right amount of protein when you work out will help you develop muscles and make sure you are able to reach your goals. This is true whether or not you are trying to gain muscle mass; it is not easy to do this, and you will not accidentally get large arms or legs.
Protein will help you get stronger, though.
Eating the right kinds of fats is important, too. Contrary to what many people are told, there are good fats, such as omega-3’s and omega-6’s. According to nutritional experts, when eaten in the right portions, they can have positive “health effects on inflammation, weight loss, and brain function.”
Working out and eating right will help you live a healthier and happier life with your partner. You will feel more connected, be more confident in your body, and know that you are investing in each other and your future together.
With time, patience, and hard work, you can enjoy these benefits with the special person in your life.
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