Recently Alfie’s really taken an interest in getting fit and healthy, he used to be an avid gym goer but the pressure of studies, part-work and then a career got in the way and he lost all motivation. I like to go to the gym and workout alone, call me selfish, but I value this time to myself and it’s something that I genuinely look forward too, especially now that I can’t go that often.
Exercising alone means that I’m less likely to get distracted because I do like a natter with my girlfriends and always thought that it would put me off my workout. Starting my postnatal Pilates lessons has made realise that in fact I can workout out with my friends, plus a baby and still get an effective workout. This got me thinking about some key benefits that exercising with your partner possibly could bring:
Spending time together – In any relationship spending quality time together can be very difficult as work and life get in the way. Meeting up to workout at a time that suits you both is a lovely way to enjoy some time together, but also get fit too.
Discovering new interests – It’s nice to explore your own interests, but I think it’s also great to find things that you both enjoy too. Discovering something that perhaps you both like may identify new hobbies and interests that you didn’t know either of you liked.
Source of motivation – Let’s be honest, there are times where we just can’t be bothered to peel back the duvet cover and get up to workout. If one of you is lacking motivation it’s fantastic to have someone else to help spur you on and get you out the door. Check out my ‘how to fit in workouts and stay motivated’ post for some ideas on how to maintain your motivation.
In most instances, especially for me and Alfie a lot of couples tend to be at different fitness levels and can easily get bored doing something that is too easy for them, plus they’re not getting the best from the workout.
Going to a class is a lovely way to experience new things together but similarly going to the gym allows you to workout together and at your own fitness level. If working out with your partner really doesn’t appeal, perhaps just warming down or going for coffee together after a workout would be a nice ritual to have after working out alone.
I do like the idea of trying what may be considered non-conventional forms of fitness together like trying a dance class or going for a really long walk in the countryside for something a bit different.
Specifically with a gym workout I would very much still be in the frame of mind of preferring to do my own thing, but coming together to stretch and having coffee is something that I would love to do.
Either way it’s nice to know that there would be some relationship and obvious fitness benefits to working out together regardless of the activity, although for us this is now childcare permitting.
Do you and your partner like to exercise together? What kind of sports/workouts do you do together?