Getting Fit is So Much Better…Together

By Jean Bowick

When it comes to getting fit, couples who exercise together often enjoy enhanced, healthier relationships when they commit, in tandem, to a regular workout routine. “When you do something in coordination with someone, then it actually increases feelings of likeness and closeness to that person,” explains psychologist Theresa DiDonato (Loyola University-Md). “There’s this nice sense of harmony. . . and connection.”

According to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, when one partner makes an important lifestyle change – like losing weight or quitting smoking – the other partner is more likely to follow suit. Making healthy living changes together can also mean greater long-term success for a couple toward their mutual goals.

Going the Distance
Research also shows that working out with a partner – whether a spouse, significant other, or a dependable workout buddy – can considerably increase the time you spend exercising as well. A study by the Society of Behavioral Medicine reveals that exercising with a partner, group, or team, can improve your performance remarkably, even doubling the amount of time you spend working out.

Looking Good, Feeling Good
Working out alone releases some pretty awesome feel-good endorphins. According to John Ford, certified NYC exercise physiologist, smiling makes it even better. And during tough training, you’re bound to smile a lot more if your loved one is there beside you at the gym, rooting you on and running the adjacent treadmill. “An added benefit of this mood boost,” says Ford, “is that when you’re pushing yourself hard and struggling through more difficult parts of your workout, you’ll feel better and more energized to complete the exercises.”

Now Serving: Party of Two

Alas, not only are you more successful when you exercise with others, you also have a lot more FUN! Getting into shape is hard work; strenuous exercise isn’t exactly a party on a plate. You need support.Training in pairs (or groups) provides a social boost, mutual encouragement, and shared motivation. Couples who exercise together will likely strengthen their relationships just as much as their muscles.

Through the Y’s 20/20 Membership Referral Program, we offer a GREAT incentive for members who enroll with their partners (or friends). Talk to your Y branch manager for details, or visit this link to send a personal email invitation à Once your partner enrolls, both of you will receive a 20 percent monthly discount for the lifetime of your memberships. A great bonus to the wonderful health benefits – and longer lives – you plan to share together. 

#FitTogether  #LiveLong  #YStrongBham

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