People think of exercise as something that will possibly make them look better and live healthier only but it doesn’t just stop there, Exercise can improve all aspects of lives, especially relationships with friends, family, and significant others.
Couples that workout together can stay together because they now have a ritual of connection that created shared meaning. Working out is not only good for your physical health but can also be a great way to invest in your relationship. Whether you like walking, running, biking or any form of exercise, you can form a habit of bonding together.
One of the best reasons to work out with a partner is so you can talk and pass the time easily. If this is something you do several times a week, just by sharing about each other’s days, you will learn more about your partner. Exercise is an opportunity to connect. When your partner asks if you’d like to take a walk with them, turn towards their bid by saying, “I would love to!”
Exercising for health can also be a way to set goals together whether it is for weight loss, managing health symptoms, or just gaining strength together. Also, exercise affects hormones by reducing cortisol and increasing dopamine. When there is conflict or flooding in your relationship, your cortisol levels increase. Exercise can be a great way to counteract that. Dopamine produces excitement, pleasure, and that feeling something wonderful is about to happen. Who wouldn’t want to feel this way in their relationship?
Make a new ritual of connection in your relationship by adding physical movement to your day. You’ll find that exercise helps you build love maps, turn toward bids, and create shared meaning. It all inches you closer to the partnership you want with the one you love.