If breaking a sweat can make you feel better, working out with your partner can definitely improve your relationship. For instance, morning jogs can be a great outlet for negative emotions thereby decreasing stress. Also, the in-between-conversations can strengthen communication lines. The endorphin hormones that get produced during exercise make couples feel synchronous, blissful, and passionate.
For those of you who exercise regularly, you perfectly understand the bliss after a good run or a basketball game. May it be yoga, brisk walks, swimming, or pumping iron, physical activities that suit your personality have been proven to improve subjective well-being. In addition, people who regularly work out tend to feel better about themselves. This positive self-esteem is quite advantageous in relationships. It would be challenging to trust and commit yourself to someone if you still have substantial security issues. Managing a relationship will certainly be easier when both of the partners are in healthy emotional states. When couples work out, they both revel in and share the fun! Hence, each partner reaps the benefits of each other’s joy.
Sweating Out Together Enhances Intimacy
According to a recent study published in The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, you tend to feel closer to someone who acts like you (Verberne, Ham, & Midden, 2015). The researchers concluded that their participants placed higher value and trust to an agent who exhibited more similarities with them. This research is similar with other papers which proved that nonverbal mimicry can fortify emotional bonds (Stel & Vonk, 2010). In application to relationships, couples who play sports, hit the gym, or jog together usually execute within each other’s pace. Therefore, they tend to mimic each other’s behavior may it be consciously or not.
Since engaging in enjoyable physical activities can lift your moods, it can also improve a marriage’s physical intimacy. In fact, a recent study which was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine concluded that exercise can significantly boost erectile and sexual function (Simon, Howard, Zapata, Frank, Freedland, & Vidal, 2015). The researchers looked into the metabolic equivalents (METS) of 295 men and those who had higher physical activity levels proved to experience better performance in the bedroom. In particular, those who had weekly 2-hour-strenuous, 3.5-hour-moderate, or 6-hour-light exercises for a week had higher sexual function scores.
Fit for Each Other
Health issues can get in the way of a myriad of delightful activities. For example, going on a family holiday would be quite taxing if you need to be concerned with a number of precautions and medical expenses. One effective way of combating diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, health ailments, obesity, and even depression is regular exercise. Furthermore, working out’s benefit in boosting energy helps in accomplishing household chores, childcare duties, and other responsibilities. Ergo, being healthy and having enough energy can help in doing more for each other.
All in all, frequently engaging in physical activities is great for you, for your partner, and for your relationship. With this active avenue, you can buttress your bond as well as bask in the pleasant experience.
By Dr. Syras Derksen
Stel, M., & Vonk, R. (2010). Mimicry in social interaction: benefits for mimickers, mimickees, and their interaction. British Journal of Psychology, 101(2), 311-323.
Simon, R., Howard, L., Zapata, D., Frank, J., Freedland, S. & Vidal, A. (2015). The association of exercise with both erectile and sexual function in black and white men. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 12(5), 1202-1210.