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Pros and Cons of Working Out as a Couple

The Good and the Bad: Working Out With Your Significant Other

A dose of healthy competition doesn't hurt anyone, right? Ask one member of a competitive couple and you'll probably hear a different answer. Despite best efforts, it's easy to fall into a routine and gain weight when you're in a relationship — especially a new one. (If you're concerned about this, get a few tips here!)

Working out with your significant other is a great way to spend quality time together while getting fit at the same time — but it's not without its drawbacks. Here, a list of pros and cons from a girl who's been through the trenches.

Pro: Quality time
Busy schedules often mean not spending as much time as you'd like to spend together, so scheduling a workout together means spending QT with your sweetie.

Con: Scheduling woes
He has to work late, you have to work early, and who wants to squander precious hours of sleep on the weekends? Sometimes scheduling a workout actually creates more chaos than it's worth.

Check out the rest after the break.

Pro: A healthy competitive streak
If you're comfortable enough with one another to be in a relationship, chances are you're comfortable enough to up the ante with a little competition. If one of you is slightly better at a sport or activity, teaching your partner can even make your relationship stronger.

Con: Frustration
I'm so competitive that when my guy can do something better than I can (even if it's just because he's physically stronger), I get frustrated — sometimes frustrated enough to discourage me from finishing an otherwise useful and successful workout.

Pro: It can be very attractive
Watching someone do something they're good at — running, skiing, whatever — is instantly attractive. And bonus: you'll give your partner a self-esteem boost if you share your feelings.

Con: It can be very . . . smelly
I don't know about your experience, but mine has taught me that men tend to sweat more and smell stronger.

Pro: Looking forward to the payoff
In the short term, it could be treating yourself to a post-workout beer, a great meal, or even buying something small as a reward. And in the long term, you can look forward to weight loss and a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
Unfortunately my husband is exercise-phobic and he's got the beer gut to prove it. ;)
kclulu kclulu 5 years
I met my fiance at the gym and we work out together every day. I don't think we would even see much of each other if we didn't work out together! He got me into cycling and I got him to run a marathon together. We plan on doing a triathalon this year and all of our vacations revolve around being active. It is a shared passion that really helps our relationship and I can personally not find a con in it.
outstripped outstripped 5 years
My husband and I work out together every day and it's awesome! We are always teaching each other new things. He needed to work on his cardio and I am lifting weights like I never have before. It's good because you never get stuck in a rut!
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