Tips for Working Out as a Couple

Six months ago, Istepped into the weights section of the gym for the first time since high school. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I figured that with my sporty husband by my side I might actually learn how to lift something.

We were all optimism and rainbows that first day. But, let me tell you, it just wasn’t that easy right away.

Gym dates had always sounded like fun to me. My husband is my best friend and I’d rather spend my time with him than anyone else in the world…What could go wrong? Truth is, at that time in my life the gym turned me into a particular kind of crazy. My self-consciousness in the gym made me touchy and his go-getter spirit rubbed me the wrong way every time.

Then, we got our footing. I learned self-confidence in the weight room. He learned to respect my boundaries and to avoid forcing me out of my comfort zone too quickly. And over time going to the gym together became one of our favorite ways to enjoy quality time.

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Working out as a couple can be risky business. But with intentionality and a lot of grace, you may just find it to be extremely rewarding. In fact, some studies demonstrate that working together as a couple may increase your happiness with your relationship, improve the efficiency of your workouts and even increase your emotional bond.

Want to see if you can make a relationship work in the weight room?Follow these guidelines to ensure your time together is a success.

5 Tips for Working Out as a Couple

1) Set expectations.

Things will go much more smoothly if you set expectations for your workouts ahead of time.Do you need space in the gym? Let your partner know.Are you in a season of learning (versus performing)? Make sure your partner knows this isn’t the time to sound like a personal trainer.It’ll save you down the road.

2) Get clear on your goals.

Sharing your goals with your partner is one of the best things you can do to ensure you stay accountable. Are you hoping to lose weight? Take measurements or progress photos (as long as you’re comfortable with that), then check in with each other along the way. Working towards running a 5K? Share your running milestones with your partner and celebrate together!

how i learned to love the gym

3) Communicate, communicate, communicate.

I can’t emphasize this enough. When my husband and I first started going to the gym together, it was important that I communicated when I was feeling frustrated. Is your partner nitpicking your form? Tell them you’d like guidancebut that they’re going to far. Are you feeling insecure? Share your feelings! Empathizing with each other in this way will ensure your time in the gym becomes a source of relational deepening, not irritation.

4) Be flexible.

Everyone goes through different physical and emotional cycles. One day you may feel energized and ready to take on bigger lifts; the next you might be more in a restorative yoga sort of mood. Each gym session doesn’t need to be exactly like the last. So change it up! Be flexible. And take each day as it comes.

5)Treat it like a date.

Alone time can be hard to find when your schedule is packed. So don’t rush to plug in your headphones right away. Pace yourself with your partner on the treadmill and talk, encourage each other and enjoy the quality time that you have in front of you.

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