How To Mix Up Your Couple Running Routine 

Running with your significant other is great because it provides benefits for the individual as much as it does for the relationship. Exercising as a couple, in general, allows the couple to feel closer to each other, more motivated to do the workouts, and keeps the relationship exciting for some reasons. “The beauty of running is that it’s a sport that can be selectively engaged in to meet others and create lasting bonds, to independently release stress, and to achieve personal goals,” explains Leah Lagos Wallach, PsyD. Though there are many reasons why running with a partner or with a group is recommended, there comes a natural tendency for it to be sometimes unpleasant. 

 

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It could be that you don’t enjoy the pace your partner is going, or the boredom with the routine is starting to get to you, or even feeling like you’re being forced. To fight this, commit entirely to a running schedule, but know when to change it up to keep things interesting. 

 

  • Set Fitness Goals 

Set specific fitness goals for yourselves and as a couple. It could be for a beach trip, an upcoming event or just to maintain your general health and fitness. Read related articles about these goals that you want to reach, and you will find that there are many workout recommendations to target specific fitness goals. It most likely involves cross-training, which has proven to be effective and beneficial to individuals everywhere.   

 

  • A Change of Scenery 

One of the biggest factors that can stagnate your couple running routine is seeing the same things every day. If you’re a couple who only runs on treadmills, it’s time to make a significant change and start running outdoors and reap all the benefits it provides.  “A person’s mood changes from place to place.”, according to licensed psychologist R. Wolf Shipon.

 

Don’t expect to have a good path all the time, so it’s essential to find new routes and places to run after a two-week period. Running on a mountain is highly recommended, but ensure each other’s safety. 

 

 

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  • Get Lost 

You don’t always need a plan! Get up one day for your regular running schedule and start running with no exact path in mind. Explore different locations around your city or town that you’ve never been to, and you’ll see how exciting it gets.  

 

Getting lost while running is never too bad because the Internet can always help you find your way home. You’d be surprised that there’s so much to discover about yourselves and your area after going out on a spontaneous run. 

 

  • Chase The Other 

For a couple who’s into some healthy competition, occasionally challenge yourselves to gauge each other’s progress. See how long it would take to chase the other or catch up with each other’s best pace. Search for run challenges online and do them with your partner. Post online about it and see the reactions you get. While leisurely running has its numerous benefits, mixing it up with challenges and quirks will surely get the couple more excited about running. 

 

 

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  • Join A Marathon 

There’s not a unique running experience quite like joining a marathon. Marathons are one of the most exciting running events the world has to offer and to be able to participate as a couple would mean a lot for the relationship. It will give you a motivation to train, and something to look forward to beyond the daily hustle and bustle. Some marathons have exciting gimmicks and giveaways, and might even give you a chance to travel and explore a brand new place. 

  

Keep running for yourselves. Keep running for a healthy relationship.  Be proud of all those mileages you’ll go through. According to Kjersti Nelson, LMFT, “Daily runs leave a person feeling accomplished, and will really solidify or kickstart a healthy wellness-based habit.”