Flowers, chocolate, and ...fitness
? That's right. What better way to say "I love you" than by joining your significant other in an endeavor that will not only strengthen your relationship, but both of your hearts. How can you benefit by exercising with your partner? "Let me count thy ways:"
- Improved exercise adherence. A year long study that evaluated the monthly exercise adherence and drop-out rates in married couples who exercised together compared to married couples who exercised independently found that those who exercised together were more likely to regularly attend a fitness program and less likely to drop out than those married individuals who exercised alone.
- Greater motivation to exercise. Encouragement and support from your partner can help you to "go that extra mile."
- Quality time.
- Fosters respect for your significant other. Witnessing your partner overcoming barriers to exercise and rebounding from setbacks helps you to develop a sense of pride in who he/she is as an individual.
- Enhanced libido (sex drive).
As cupid shoots his arrow this Valentine's Day, ensure it meets a fit heart. Dance the night away or strike down some pins at the bowling alley. Either way you will be happy knowing that a healthy heart and a strong relationship go hand-in-hand.
J Sports Med Phys Fitness, 1995 Sep;35(3):206-213, "Twelve Month Adherence of Adults who Joined a Fitness Program with a Spouse VS Without a Spouse," Wallace, J.P., Raglin, J.S., Jastremski, C.A.
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