I am a runner and my husband is a golfer.  I will run for 13.1 miles on any given day. . .he will play 18 holes ALL DAY! . . .that didn't sound bitter did it? Even though our favorite sports are very different, we do find something that we can agree on.  My husband and I enjoy lifting weights, stretching and cycling together and when we do and I beat him. . .the time we spend together is amazing! LOL!

This week is Couples Week and that means grabbing your favorite guy or gal to go on a run with you or head to the gym!  Let's change it up a bit and see if you got what it takes to workout each other.  For some of us it is going to be interesting and for others not a problem! Right? What do you think?

Studies have shown that working out with your main squeeze has a lot of benefits.  When you workout together you are creating "us" time, you are motivating and actually reducing stress! Yes, reducing stress IF you let go of any criticisms you may have about your mate.  If one person is slower than the other, it wouldn't hurt, for just ONE day to roll out at their pace and just enjoy each other's company.  Getting motivated by your significant other is "real" motivation especially when your partner sees what you are doing, begins to understand your goals and notices how hard you are working to meet those goals. . .they will be able to motivate you in a way that no one else can!

Other benefits, building deeper bonds and common interests.  There is something about sports that just brings out the animal in all of us.  It can show a side of you that you would not necessary show at home with your bunny slippers on or when you are having a nice quiet dinner.  Sports brings out the competitive and wild side of you, allowing your partner to see a side of you that he or she may not ever see. Come on, show them the animal side and add a little spice to your relationship!

How can you two get started?   Easy! 
First, find a class that you can take together.  Make sure it works for the both of you and one doesn't feel intimidated by the other.

Second, find a treadmill or elliptical machine and workout side by side. My husband and I do this from time to time and it's fun (especially when I pull out the stop key. . .what?)! 

Third, before or after your workout, stretch out together. You can talk about each other's workout goals or how the workout makes you feel.

Don't be scared. . .just get moving together once or twice a week and see what you can get going in your relationship! . . .HEY, no fighting boys and girls! Have fun!