The idea of working out with your significant other (S.O.) can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Not only are you totally breaking typical date-night protocol (sweaty, no makeup, wearing leggings), but you also have to convince your S.O. that a “partner workout” is a good idea, when, in fact, it’s a great idea! Research shows that working out with your S.O. can do wonders for your relationship and bring you closer together.
Need a little help getting them on board? Keep reading for five foolproof ways to convince your partner to come to your fitness class.
Make going to class a date night
Working out is often viewed as a chore or an obligation (even though it’s really a privilege we end up enjoying). But if you’re going to convince your partner to join in on your workout, you’re going to have to make it sound a bit more appetizing. You’ve done dinner and movie night a hundred times already, why not turn your next class into a date night? Book a class you know you’ll both enjoy and reward yourselves for getting through it by grabbing a post-class brunch.
Back up your reasons with science
If the idea of being sweaty and makeup-free alongside your S.O. doesn’t sound too romantic to you, think again. Research shows that couples that engage in exercise together form closer bonds and maintain happier relationships. A study reported by Psychology Today states that “after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner.”So going to class together is not only beneficial for your mind and body, but for your relationship, too. Is there anything working out isn’t good for?
Invite your friends to come with
There’s power in numbers, and guaranteed your S.O. will feel more comfortable going to a fitness class with you if he or she has buddies who can tag along. Invite a few of your friends and his or hers too. It’s a great way to sneak in some time for your S.O. and your friends.
Get him or her motivated with some brand new activewear
Nothing gets us more excited to work out than some brand new fitness gear, so why not tempt your S.O. with a brand new pair of sneakers or some activewear? Chances are, he or she will be so pumped about the gift, they won’t be able to say no to your exercise invite.
Turn your workouts into a competition
There’s nothing like good ol’ competition to get the motivation rolling, right? Instead of begging your S.O. to join your workout, try challenging him or her. Maybe it’s to see who can log the most miles in your treadmill class or rank the highest in cycling. Or, you can try betting that your partner won’t be able to make it through your favorite class. Whether you lose or win, chances are your S.O. will be wanting to come back to challenge you to a re-match.