We all know how beneficial exercise is for our overall health, but there’s even more to it than that. According to science, working out with your partner can also do wonders for your relationship. Here is how a little bit of couples’ workout can do a lot for your love life.
1. It Adds Excitement to Your Relationship
Couples who experience physical challenges together tend to be more satisfied with their relationship. According to a study in the year 2000, it helps add excitement and extend the so-called “honeymoon phase.” It’s the novelty of the challenge that gives your relationship a boost. According to the authors, it results in genuine physiological arousal. But follow-up research shows that these effects may be temporary. As such, it’s important to keep taking part in joint challenges, and exercise is the perfect way to achieve this.
2. It Makes You More Attractive to Each Other
Physical exercise usually results in shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and sweat. You know what other activity has pretty much the same effects? Sex. Moreover, one study suggests that the human brain can often mistake one for the other. As such, every time you sweat during an exercise, your partner will attribute this to physical attraction and vice versa. So, working out with your partner may in fact make you look more attractive to each other.
3. It Deepens Your Emotional Bond
While working out with your partner, your rhythms will often be in sync. This is a natural process called silent or nonverbal mimicry. According to one study, silent mimicry helps people feel more in tune on an emotional level. As a result, those who experienced it reported a stronger bond with their partner. Because exercise is all about rhythm and synchronicity, it’s a great way to strengthen your bond with your partner.
As you can see, there are many benefits to working out with your partner for the quality of your relationship. Additionally, you’ll also have better motivation when the person you love is there, working out with you. If your love life could use a boost, talk to your partner and make plans to start working out together.