Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Exercising with your significant other may be a great way to bond. It also provides a break from the usual routine of going out for dinner, the movies, etc... But is it always such a good idea?
A 2008 Idea Fit survey found 83 percent of the population prefers working out with a partner, which prompts fitness clubs to offer lucrative couples membership deals. Couples yoga, kickboxing and personal training have become increasingly popular. Couples memberships are also becoming a Christmas and Valentine's Day gift trend.
When you and your significant other have busy schedules working out as a couple is a nice way to be together after a stressful day. Even though there might be chemistry in all other areas of your relationship, it might not exist in a workout routine.
For example, I like to workout alone; I'm a bit more focused that way. But since I started dating my boyfriend he always wants to come along with me if I run at the track. We get along really well, but when we exercise it feels otherwise.
He constantly pushes me to run more, gets mad because I run faster than him and makes fun of the way I run. On the other hand, it's fun to run with him sometimes because he incites healthy competition and gives me advice on running, but I like running at my own pace and just exercising alone in general.
I'm really not sure if I'm a fan of exercising as a couple. Exercising as a couple could run smoothly or just be a disaster, but I guess it depends on your relationship.
Do you workout with your boyfriend? What do you think are the pros and cons to working out as a couple?