Being stuck at home during quarantine can be viewed as the perfect opportunity to get started on a new workout routine or trying out a more serious workout regimen. But for others, finding the motivation to get out of the couch is the first hurdle to overcome before they even get started.
But now you can thank that partner at home who first got your heart racing for romantic reasons, with celebrity fitspos Troy Montero and Aubrey Miles and Hideo Muraoka and Fatima Rabago as advocates of couple workouts at home.
While exercising alone can be rewarding, these two couples believe that having a workout buddy can motivate both sides further.
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How exactly does working out with a partner help, if you were to believe these sexy pairs?
First, working out helps create quality time. Not only does exercising with your partner Increase happiness in your relationship and stimulate physiological arousal, as Theresa E. DiDonato Ph.D. reported on Psychology Today. The mimicking part happening in between sets and reps also heightens emotional bond.
"Nonverbal mimicry helps people feel emotionally attuned with one another, and those who experience or engage in it tend to report greater feelings of having “bonded” with their partner. Exercising together provides an opportunity to create such connection, benefiting both your health and your relationship," DiDonato wrote.
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Secondly, exercising together also improves the efficiency of the workout—factoring in the presence of a personal spotter. "Even if you already feel competent doing a particular exercise, bringing along your romantic partner may be a fantastic way to boost your energy output. Your partner’s presence will improve your speed, without you necessarily being aware of their influence," DiDonato said, citing a 1983 study on social facilitation.
Convinced enough to give it a try? Next step is to pull your partner off the couch and get rollin' with these workouts courtesy of Troy and Aubrey and Hideo and Fatima!
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Banner photo taken from Hideo Muraoka's Instagram account