It might sound like a good idea to pair up with your significant other when you want to kick up your workout routine and get in shape, especially if you both have goals to slim down and tone up. However, some couples run into problems working out as a pair, because they get too competitive or let differences in their fitness levels stand in the way of enjoying a workout. To keep things healthy and do what’s best for you—rather than compromising too much to accommodate your partner—follow these helpful rules for working out together.
Set Competition Aside
A little healthy competition among friends can be a great motivator for fitness goals, but when competition enters romantic relationships, it can quickly become a form of conflict. If you and your partner decide to learn a new skill together, avoid being overly critical of your partner’s progress, even if you are better at this new activity. When you play in team sports, don’t make a big deal of keeping score or being a stickler for the rules—sometimes it’s much better to just let things slide. If you set weight loss goals together, remember that everyone’s body is different, so it should be about achieving personal goals rather than trying to lose the same number of pounds.
Join the Same Gym, But Keep Your Own Routines
If you and your partner have very different abilities and workout preferences, you do not have to completely give up on exercising together. You can join the same gym and then spend your gym time doing your own thing, so you can enjoy the activities you’ll actually stick to while your partner does the same, but you will have the shared commitment of hitting the gym together.
Know What Goals Your Partner Will Commit to
Say you love running, and you ask your significant other to come with you. He or she might be excited to spend time together and take part in one of your interests, but it might be hard to keep up or get out of bed early in the morning for a run. When you ask your partner to exercise with you, remember to be open to him or her saying no to a new commitment, since this can save you from feeling like your partner isn’t trying hard enough later on.
No matter how you choose to work out, some amount of exercise is better than none at all. Whether you do it solo or as a couple, check in with a doctor before you start a new workout routine by connecting with MeMD for convenient, online medical consultations from anywhere, anytime.