February 9, 2016
Sweaty hands, shortness of breath, a racing pulse. Could it be love? Lust? Or just a really challenging workout? Turns out, our bodies don’t actually know the difference, but that might work in your favor.
Because the side effects of physical activity so closely mirror our bodies’ reaction to romantic interest, researchers believe that revving up your heart rate with a partner may actually increase the feelings of love between the two of you. Yup, heading out for a jog with your honey can actually make them love you more—but that’s not the only reason you should consider asking your significant other to be your workout buddy.
Couples that share fresh and exciting experiences (hiking, a new fitness class, exploring a new city) also report feeling more satisfied in their relationships and more in love. And working out together, naturally, improves your fitness, too. If you’ve ever worked out with a trainer or even in a group, you’ve experienced first-hand the extra motivation that comes with being around others. Something about it makes you want to perform well, which generally makes you work a little harder and faster. That definitely isn’t a bad thing when it comes to getting the most out of those sweat sessions!
Start your Valentine’s Day festivities off with this fun partner workout that’ll get your hearts racing and leave you glowing all day long.
Photo credit: Alicia Cho
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