You know that exercise is good for you, but did you know that it has advantages for your love life too? Learn how hitting the gym can improve your relationship.
It’s something that we all know we should do often but frequently don’t do enough: exercise. It’s labor intensive, time-consuming and sometimes painful, so it’s no wonder why many of us abandon exercise three weeks into the new year. However, it’s possible that many more people would hit the gym more frequently if they knew the benefits it would have on their love life.
Yes, it’s true! Exercise can make-over your romantic relationship. Here’s how:
1) You’ll Feel Better About Yourself
We could go on and on about the benefits of breaking a sweat, but probably the number one reason is the surge of confidence you’ll feel once you get going. Exercise releases endorphins, powerful chemicals, into the brain that naturally improve your mood. Add that to the physical differences you’ll see in a matter of weeks from working out and you’ll be ready to take on the world!
So how does this translate into a better love life? The more confidence you have the better partner you’ll be. You’ll be healthier, happier and less likely to suffer from physical ailments big and small.
2) You’ll Have More Energy
Many people think, “I can’t work out because I don’t have any energy!” Well, this is a self-defeating prophecy. The less you work out the less energy you have. Even though it may feel like the last thing you want to do, getting a workout in will actually fill you with energy. Go figure.
The verdict for your romantic relationship? You won’t be a drag. The energized individual has more to offer than the person who is perpetually tired and/or sedentary. Moreover, the person with more energy is also generally more fun.
3) You’ll Have Something to Do Together
If you’re one of those people who will never truly enjoy exercise, refer to the old adage, “Misery Loves Company.”
Recruiting your loved one to exercise with you has many benefits. You’ll hold each other accountable to a healthy new lifestyle and have a cheerleader for when you want to call it quits after the first mile. Undoubtedly the best part is the time you’ll get to spend with one another. Too many couples pop in a movie and call that together time. They aren’t even interacting!
4) You’ll Handle Stress Better
Ask anyone who’s been in a long relationship about love and they’ll confess it’s not always roses. Life throws a lot of stuff at us, and at times keeping it all together—a relationship, work, family matters—can seem overwhelming. How a person handles these things can make or break a relationship.
Reducing the level of stress in your life is essential for your own mental health as well of that of your partner. The next time you have a terrible day at work, take your frustration out on the basketball court instead of bringing it into your home. After an hour of heart-pumping activity, you won’t have forgotten your troubles, but you’ll be less bothered by them.