Running is one of the go-to workout routines for people who want to get moving and stretch some muscles. However, running with a partner can be a hit or miss to some people. But, for the couples in a happy relationship which aims to motivate one another and achieve fitness goals together, they have discovered the value of running together. According to Kjersti Nelson, LMFT, “Daily runs promote sustained mood balance and is an active coping strategy for dealing with life’s ebbs and flows.”
One downside associated with running with your partner is capacity. Your partner may be speedier than you are, or the other way around. The solution is to find a middle ground for both of you and your partner’s capacities. Finding a middle ground that is challenging to both of you can be a very good motivation. And together, you and your partner can achieve greater goals.
There are some benefits associated with running with your significant other. Read these five reasons why you should start running with your loved one:
- Safety In Numbers
With the fast-paced lifestyle we employ nowadays, sometimes the only available time for running is during night time. Running with your partner is especially beneficial to ensure safety. It can be intimidating to run by yourself, especially in an urban city. Running with your loved one can help ease your worries and reduce the risk of unfavorable events.
- Quality Time Together
Instead of being glued to your devices and spending extensive time on the internet, you and your partner should consider spending more actual time together. Running together is a good start, as you get your blood pumping together. You can also have nice chats while running. Spending time together and at the same time getting healthier together is always a good thing. According to Dr. Sal Raichbach, PsyD, “if you want your relationship to last forever, having solid communication skills, spending time together, and having shared interests by your first anniversary can only help.”
- Achieve Mutual Goals
Your mutual goals of getting healthier through running will help you and your partner in more ways than one. Also, fitness goals can help strengthen your emotional bond once you support each other.
Having your loved one as your supporter will make it easier for you to achieve these goals because you have a motivator. It will not just strengthen your body, but it will also enhance your love.
- Motivation And Consistency
Having a regular running schedule with your loved one will help ensure consistency in achieving your fitness goals. As a couple, you are each other’s source of motivation and together, and you ensure that your routine is consistent.
When you run by yourself, chances are you tend to get lazy and skip some days in your routine because there is no other party to consider. Having a partner will motivate you not to skip routines and always complete your exercises.
- Improved Relationship Quality
Studies have shown that couples who run together have a higher perception of their relationship quality. When you run with your loved one, your physical and mental well-being is improved. In addition to this, your emotional bond together as a couple is intensified.
Your time spent together is not limited to eating dinners and watching movies, but you spend time together to achieve mutual goals and motivate one another to be the best version of themselves. According to licensed psychologist Wyatt Fisher, “You can’t meet one another’s needs well if you aren’t spending enough time together. Happy couples tend to have at least eight to ten hours a week of quality time together.”…