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Updated 02 May 2017

8 ways to work out as a couple

Working out together will not only bring you closer as a couple, but can greatly improve your fitness too.

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The internet is alive with memes like "Couples who sweat together, stay together". The good news is that they're not far wrong, and the benefits don’t end there. 

Some of the benefits of exercising as a couple include:

• More quality time together
• A training partner to keep you accountable
• Someone to support your fitness goals
• A little healthy competition

Research backs up the benefits of training together, and one study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that when one partner showed improvement in their exercise programme, the other was likely to follow suit. 

Laura Cobb, author of the research said that in terms of fitness, “the best peer pressure to get moving could be coming from the person who sits across from you at the breakfast table.”

In another study which looked at looked at how likely people were to quit smoking, start being active, or lose weight in relation to what their partner did, the lead author Dr Sarah Jackson said that partners who tackled exercise and weight loss plans together increased their chance of success. 

Fun ways to exercise together

There’s always your run-of-the-mill way to train together at the gym, but if you’re looking for something a little different, why not try one of these ideas to burn calories and keep the romance alive:

Dance classes: Ballroom or salsa to a beat of your choice.

Stand Up Paddling: Learn how to SUP together on a dam or on the sea together. 

Partner yoga: Couples yoga classes teach you to work on your flexibility, balance and intimacy. 

Hiking: Find a trail that’s a few hours long and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air together.

Obstacle course race: Pick an obstacle course race and train for it together.

Running: Trail or road running races happen every weekend; train together and enter as a team. 

Golfing: From the driving range to the course, spend the day outdoors practising your swing. 

Share a trainer: Hire a personal trainer to train you as a couple and split the cost.

Read more:

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40 facts about fitness

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References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150305205758.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150119124551.htm

 
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