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.
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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.
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.