Multiple studies confirm that we mimic the habits of our closest companions. Couples agree on the importance of an active lifestyle, but opinions regarding regular exercise diverge and are often in opposition, with one partner being less interested or even uninterested in regular exercise or workouts.
Joint fitness activities and the support of your partner can play an important role in the maintenance of regular exercise and physical activity.
He who roams with wolves learns to howl. Studies have concluded that close companions play a powerful role in moulding fitness habits through words or simply a loving gesture. It is also found that upon encouragement by a love interest there is an increase in exercise levels.
On the other hand, there are cases where we find that the one who has the heart to sweat it out feels as though he or she has fallen off the wagon after the relationship. When your partner is snacking all day long and is into junk food, it could be impossible to prevent yourself from having a few chips too. Some find it distracting when they have another person in the room, when they are exercising. Any mood swings, depressions, spats or arguments before the gym could further ruin thefitness routine. Most couples fall prey to these and get sucked in easily.
In cases where couples intend to work out together, it sounds like fun but it can be stressful. One of the biggest obstacles that arise when couples workout together is that one is often more motivated than the other to exercise. It can be very frustrating for the motivated one because nagging is usually not the way to get the other on board, and it tends to become very stressful. There are chances of possessiveness, insecurity and sometimes when things get public, it can get ugly.
The truth remains, your lover may have your back, but their health and fitness habits can literally shape your backside. Verbal encouragement, understanding, trust, practical support and joint or separate physical activity has to be a couple’s fitness mantra. Exercise has numerous health benefits, but motivation and adherence are big challenges. Close companions or love partners influence each other’s exercise habits, but only if the perceived support is strong. One cannot blame the other for a skipped workout, because at the end of the day we are responsible for ourselves.