Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with New Years behind us, it is time to keep motivated with your fitness goals for this year. So grab that special someone in your life and invite them for a fun fitness activity. Doctor, Theresa E. DiDonato says there is scientific evidence that proves couples who work out together stay together.
Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland. Her research interests’ focus on different aspects of romantic relationships, from humor and forgiveness to how close relationships relate to the self-concept, and on social perception, including how we make sense of unknown others.
DiDonato found that working out together can increase your happiness with your relationship. Lab studies show that after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000). Exercise is a perfect example of the type of invigorating activity that can have these positive effects. It’s the physiological arousal, rather than the novelty or challenge of the activity, which drives romantic attraction (Lewandowski, & Aron, 2004). This suggests that sharing a fitness goal (such as training for a 5K or triathlon), taking regular runs together, ballroom dancing, or having a date night at the gym can boost the quality of your romantic relationship.
DiDonato also found that working out with your significant other can increase your emotional bond. “When you work out together, you create a context in which you can coordinate your actions. For example, you might lift weights in rhythm with your partner, match your own walking or running pace with his or hers, or toss medicine balls back and forth. Such behavior creates nonverbal matching, or mimicry, which benefits you both (Stel & Vonk, 2010). Nonverbal mimicry helps people feel emotionally attuned with one another, and those who experience or engage in it tend to report greater feelings of having “bonded” with their partner. Exercising together provides an opportunity to create such connection, benefiting both your health and your relationship.”
In conclusion it is time to grab your sweetheart and challenge each other to be healthy and happy. As you can see, working out together can improve not only your health and fitness goals but also your relationship. If you are uncertain about where to even start, or how to even workout call Brit’s Fitness today. I am a NASM certified personal trainer and I can help you reach your fitness potential. It is proven that having a personal trainer is the most effective way to reach your goals. Call 208-380-4799 or e-mail me at Cartbrit@isu.edu and get a free consultation today.