How Running With Your Partner Strengthens Your Relationship

Fitness is becoming a part of the trend nowadays. More and more people are addicted to exercising and getting into their desired shape with their own fitness goals. One type of exercise that can genuinely help you achieve your goal is running.

We can see a lot of people running everywhere — be it in a local park, a track oval, or even in the gym. Some people run for cardio; others run habitually and use it for a short time to escape reality. Running is not only beneficial for the body but the mind as well. According to Josh King, PsyD, “You can run hard, or jog slowly. You can do it at your own pace. The exercise releases endorphins, which helps to feel better, and can even help with cravings.”

Running As Part Of Your Exercise Routine

Regularly going to the gym doesn’t work for all people. Different people entails various types of exercise routines. However, including running in your exercise routine will boost your health more.

Other than improving your overall health, running has a lot of benefits. Running can aid you to clear your mind. Its most important advantage is to help your mental health — it can reduce anxiety, stress, and can even help you deal with depression. According to Kjersti Nelson, LMFT, “Running is a natural way to improve depressive symptoms, and to manage mood.”

Running And Relationships

For some people, running is a lifestyle. It is usually more fun and engaging to do with a group or a partner. It may seem like a difficult thing to do with your partner at first, but after several tries, you will see its benefits.

Much like as regular exercise, running with your partner can strengthen your relationship. It has several advantages that can improve the overall dynamics of your relationship. The main advantage of running is that it can deepen the relationship between you and your partner on another level. “A stable relationship is a relationship that is built upon loyalty, trust, safety and consistency,” according to licensed marriage and family therapist Christie Tcharkhoutian.

Having a shared fitness goal with your partner can bring you closer. Running may also increase the emotional bond between you and your partner. Moreover, if you have problems with your relationship, running together may be an effective way to fix it.

Running involves commitment and managing expectations. It may become a healthy competition. While running and reaching goals together with your partner, you will be able to see how you truly support and trust one another.

Factors To Consider When Running With Your Partner

There are a lot of factors to consider when running with your partner. Both of you should think about these factors before agreeing to run with each other. While running, you should be able to look out for one another.

The most common factor to consider is your fitness level. Every person has a different pace when it comes to running. Some runners may opt to chat while others prefer to listen to music. It can be frustrating to run with your partner but is essential to learn how to compromise.

Another factor to consider is running in different places and spaces. Regularly running on the same route may become tiresome. Communication is also an important factor. You should be able to talk about what your goals are if you need to take a breather, or just slowing down for a little bit.

The ultimate fitness goal is to get fit while having fun. While challenging each other to reach your fitness goals, what’s more, important is the kind of bond created when you and your partner run together. We can easily claim that a couple that runs together, stays longer.…

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. 

 

 

 

 

  • 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. 

 

 

 

 

  • 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.”