Want to improve your relationship? This new study says hit the gym together

Grab the resistance bands—working out with a partner is not only good for your health, but your relationship, too

Young woman with training partner preparing to lift barbell in gym, working out with a partner
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Looking for fitness motivation? Working out with a partner is not only a good way to burn calories, but it will make you feel more satisfied in your relationship, according to a new study. 

The next time you're thinking about ditching those resistance band exercises or skipping out on the treadmill, you might want to reconsider. The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (opens in new tab) has confirmed that your love life will get a little boost if you bring bae to the gym. (Plus, competition improves relationships, so why not bring it on?)

Sackett-Fox surveyed 95 undergraduates who were in a relationship and who exercised on a somewhat regular basis, which was roughly two to three times a week. By having a (romantic) partner in crime join the gym outing, participants felt happier throughout the workout, the day itself, and, yes, even their love life in general. 



Tips for working out with a partner

For the wellness-obsessed, this might sound like the perfect combination but do be mindful of the way in which you act while at the gym. Negative social control attempts, such as pressuring rather than encouraging, will most likely ruin the vibes you're striving for. 

And, if you're going in with a negative mindset, don't necessarily expect your S.O.'s presence to completely change the game. The study also determined that exercising with your honey did not reduce negative moods and unhappiness, so if you're having an off day, you might want to hit the elliptical solo. 

Whether you're a hopeless or hopeful romantic, there is something to be said about breaking a sweat alongside the one you love. It taps into one of the five love languages, particularly quality time and touch, which just might make things a bit more exciting. 

And, if you're looking to spice things up sexually, we've also provided tips about how to reset your sex life. (No gym membership required!) 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


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