As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and culture usually encourages going out with a partner for an expensive night filled with drinks, dessert and chocolate. We at Longevity thought it would be valuable to present a healthier alternative that allows you to adhere to your goals, improve your relationship and take steps forward to a healthier, happier you.
It is well known that exercising releases endorphins, activating the same receptors in your brain as morphine to increase feelings of happiness, optimism and well-being. When exercising with a partner, these feelings will allow you to feel more connected and confident in your relationship. Chatting during light exercise can lead to some of the most thought provoking, productive conversations as you are in a positive state of mind and ready to better your relationship.
As exercise physiologists, we often hear the reason that our clients do not do their “homework” is because they simply didn’t have the time to complete what we recommended. Although it is an easy opt-out for a practitioner to tell you that time is just an excuse, experience tells us that this is a very valid and difficult obstacle to overcome. Whether it is time consuming employment, children, vacation or daily tasks involved with keeping your house a home, it can be difficult to carve out a portion of your day for exercise. There is no argument in today’s society that time is our most valuable asset and using some of that time to spend with loved ones is of high importance, so why not use that time you are already setting aside together to get moving?
The Australian guidelines are 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week, or 30 minutes per day. This can be difficult to achieve when every minute of exercise requires more time and effort for yourself, travelling to an appropriate area to exercise, deciding what to do, so on an so forth. Changing your lifestyle is the best, most sustainable way to achieve the guidelines and involving a loved one in your exercise routine can change your lifestyle dramatically. This could be a fast paced walk with the dog, a jog in the park, a gym session together or taking up a social sport. By changing your behaviours with your partner, it is easier to stay on track and hold each other accountable while growing closer and achieving happiness and health both physically and in your relationship. At Longevity, we often cater to couples looking to make a lifestyle change and even offer paired sessions.
If you and your partner don’t know where to start, give us a call and we can get your started!
Longevity personal training and exercise physiology 1300 964 002