If you are wanting to get fitter and healthier, it may just be better to get your partner to workout with you in order to achieve better results.
A study done by the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University, surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together, and the results were very clear. Couples who worked out separately had a 43% dropout rate over the course of a year. Whereas the couples who exercised together, regardless of what type of workout they did, only had a 6.3% dropout rate.
Are You Right for a Couples Workout?
Couples workouts aren’t for everyone, but if you both find yourselves agreeing with the three statements below, maybe you should give it a go…
- You are both focused on specific, shared or complementary goals.
- You who to spend more time together and be more active.
- Often, you shy away from open fitness classes, especially on when they are on their own.
The Benefits of Working Out with Your Partner
1. Builds Motivation
Having a reliable workout partner, increases your chances of sticking to the program. Getting the motivation to train by yourself is often difficult. However, by having someone you trust by your side. It can provide some healthy competition, but within a safe environment.
2. Increases Your Emotional Bond
This may seem a bit unlikely, but one of the things that connects you most to your partner during a workout, is the fact that you can co-ordinate your actions. This results in non-verbal matching or mimicry, which is proven to help people feel emotionally attuned with one another.
3. Improves Your Workout Efficacy
It is a long standing fact in social psychology that simply being in the presence of someone else will affect your ability to do an activity. So if your partner acts as a positive reinforcement, it is proven that they can better your own physical performance, without you even being aware of it.