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Couples That Train Together Stay Together – The Benefits of Training as a Couple.

by Brent Marks September 01, 2016

Couples That Train Together Stay Together – The Benefits of Training as a Couple.

Maintaining a healthy relationship, whether it be as a married couple, boyfriend/girlfriend or same sex couple takes a lot of work and commitment by both parties.  The realities of modern society place a great deal of stress on individuals, which can then translate to tension and difficulties interacting with our significant others.  But have you ever thought about how a mutual interest in health and fitness can benefit our personal relationships?  Diet, exercise and fitness training should be viewed both as a choice to live a healthier lifestyle, while providing an opportunity to build and strengthen your relationships. Couples training allows you to share in something that can be fulfilling and exciting, even life changing.

So how can training as a couple benefit your relationship?

    •   Few couples are able to sit down together and talk face to face. Working out together allows time to talk, even if only for the shared time traveling to and from the gym or the time spent stretching before and after a fitness session or group class. The time spent together after your workout is a great time to connect, as you are generally both pleasantly tired, relaxed and happy.  It’s also a great time to grab a healthy snack or meal or share a smoothie and talk some more.  If you spend time together in the weight room or on the treadmills or track, you also have opportunities to communicate. Of course, a key to these benefits is avoiding all those electronic devices that block communication like using headphones, using your smartphone or watching television as you push out a treadmill run.
      •   Couples who train together share an emotional bond. You are working together against a common enemy - fat, early aging, diabetes and heart disease.  As you both begin to see results (whether it be physical results such as weight loss or lean muscle, or a new personal best in your favourite lift), you share the pride in your accomplishments and celebrate new levels of self esteem.  Sharing these experiences creates a deeper connection with your partner, and helps build mutual respect and understanding within the relationship.
      •   Working out together as a couple helps both of you to stay motivatedas you support and challenge each other. Maybe one of you, or perhaps both of you, are reluctant to workout and would prefer to stay in their nice cosy bed.  As an individual, it is easy for these thoughts to translate into inaction.  By working together as a couple however, you are less likely to let your partner down.  As a result, negative thoughts tend to be fleeting as you commit to your training and your shared goal of pursuing a healthy lifestyle together.
      • Your workout will be more efficient. Staying focused on your training and you can complete your workout together more quickly and head home together if you are needed. Working together, you’ll become more proficient and master exercises quicker as you can coach and correct each other if necessary. And you’ll each have a convenient “spotter” in the weight room if needed.
      • Training as a couple can temporarily remove everyday worries and increase the fun and happiness in your relationship.Exercising with someone you love is more rewarding and more fun. Your training sessions will be less boring and repetitive and more satisfying.  As a bonus, as your fitness improves you will take greater pride in your appearance, gain confidence, and increase the physical attraction to each other.

      While many people might see their training as their ‘me’ time, and quite literally a way to escape their partner for a short time, those in a relationship should also consider training together (if only one or two days a week, or when convenient) as a method to bring you together without the outside distractions that can place pressures on modern relationships.  The notion of couples that ‘play together stay together’ is easily applied to fitness training.  Try it out and see whether it works for you.  We would love to hear your views.

      Life fit, live long (together).

       The Wodrobe.

       

      Brent Marks is the Owner of Wodrobe.  A practising solicitor, Brent also holds a Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness, and is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer.   Brent currently trains at CrossFit Brisbane

       

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