It’s one of those things that always sounds like a fab idea: you and your partner hitting the gym and getting fit as a twosome. On one hand, it’s a way to spend more quality time together—and if you’re in the early stages of a relationship, a date idea that’s way more fun (and hot!) than dinner and a movie. Plus, supporting each other’s fitness goals can enhance your connection. “You’re helping each other improve your game and get healthy together, and that can leave you feeling more attracted to each other,” says Los Angeles–based psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D.
But there are a few factors that can keep romantic partners from becoming successful gym partners. First, if you’re not at the same fitness level. Let’s say you run an eight-minute mile, while your guy lags way behind. You’ll probably slow down a bit to match his pace at first. But after a while, the differences in your abilities will compromise your performance, and that can trigger resentment on your part (and potentially unhealthy competition on his), says Thomas.
Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., is a Psychologist in Los Angeles. To read the full article “Working Out With Your Significant Other: Good or Bad Idea?” visit womenshealthmag.com