Find someone who shares your passion and do it together.
There are two types of people in this world. The person who makes living a healthy lifestyle part of their everyday life and the ones that don’t try to change their “non healthy” lifestyle.
I’m so happy I found someone who enjoys a healthy lifestyle as much as I do. If you are an extremely active person, you know very well how demotivating and lethal a lazy partner can be.
I’m sure you have heard of the term “Couples who workout together, stay together?’ I totally agree! There are so many benefits of couples working out together and I’ll explain why!
1. You alway have a spotter
Having someone who can spot you during any challenging exercise is the best, especially for those who are a bit timid squatting heavier, or those who want to continue to grow and get stronger. Having a spotter is important to me! I’ve gotten a lot stronger by Jamie helping me bang out a few more reps when I’m struggling.
Just remember having a spotter doesn’t mean they will be pushing the weight up for you each time, they’re just there to help you just in case!
2. They can push you harder than you push yourself
This one is my absolute favorite! I love the challenge and struggle Jamie puts me through. Example, I just finished my last rep on lat pulldown, Jamie pushes me back down and makes the weight a bit lighter and has me do more reps. This form of training is called a “Drop Set.” He does this for so many different exercises! It’s a lot of fun to do, not only are you feeling that extra burn, but your muscles are loving the extra pump as well!
If you want to see more training techniques that I incorporate into my routine check out “Level Up Your Workouts.” These techniques are fun, challenging, and a great way to switch things up with your workout routine. Tricking your muscles by doing something different, adding in more weight, resistance, etc, will help them grow.
3. Spend more time together
Even though for us, Jamie and I never talk during out workouts, unless it’s about rest time, workout ect. However being at the gym with your partner is still very good quality time together. You’re both pushing and motivating each other and it’s just a different bond than just laying down cuddling.
If you can still have a conversation with ease, then you need to increase the intensity of your workout…
4. You hold eachother accountable
This one is a great one! We have both helped each other out when we weren’t feeling the gym. On those days I don’t want to go Jamie pushes me and gives me motivation to get the f**k up and go lift things! Vice versa!
It’s very nice having someone to give you a little nudge at times. We both also hate unplanned rest days! Having your workouts / rest days planned for the week is a great idea. It keeps you in check and it gives you wiggle room for upcoming plans.
5. It bring joy and fun into your relationship
Exercise makes you a happier person in general. Working out together just doubles the happiness. Working out together, pushing each other, help motivate one another and experiencing results together creates amazing energy with a positive bond.
6. Commitment strengthens your bond
If you both make working out together a daily thing, you now have another thing in common. Now you have similar goals and passions. In the end you now both will be respecting each others needs and understand each other.
It also helps you have more things to chat about.
A study published in 2017 (JAMA Internal Medicine) showed that individuals are more likely to make a positive life change if their partner does, too.