Looking for creative ways for the two of you to get hot & sweaty this Valentine’s Day?

Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about exercise of course.

Exercising together has many great benefits. In fact, studies show that couples that participant in physical activity together report feeling more satisfied in their relationships and more in love (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000).

Not only will you feel more connected as a couple, you have an instant accountability partner. When you are both committed to each others’ health and fitness, it’s easier to stick with it. Sharing similar goals brings you closer to one another as well as creates more quality time.

Here are four physical activities to give a go!

Yoga: Let your love loose on the mat! Yoga is a great way to experience something unique together while strengthening your core and decompressing your spine. New experiences create an increase of dopamine, a feel-good hormone, and when you experience that with your partner, your brain links that feeling to them making you feel even more in love.

Weight Lifting: Couples who lift together, stick together. Not only do you always have someone to ‘spot’ you, but lifting weights releases endorphins, the happy hormone. The more endorphins, the better you feel. Lifting weights also improves endurance and stamina, which can benefit everyone in the bedroom. 😉

Indoor Cycling: Get your endorphins racing with indoor cycling. Create a little competitive spark by pushing each other to go a little faster and last a little longer with these high calorie burning classes, while being each other’s cheerleader. Experience surges of both dopamine and endorphins, all in one workout. Plus the music is sure to get you grooving!

Dance: Tap into your playful side with dance inspired workout. Psychologists found that one way to improve your bonding is through nonverbal mimicry (Step & Vonk, 2010). That’s when you match your actions with another person. Matching each other’s dance moves while getting a great cardio workout at the same time, can help you feel more emotionally connected with your partner.

Sharing fitness together not only will help you both live a healthier and happier life but will add new dimensions of caring, connection and intimacy to your life together.