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10 Incredible Things Only Couples Who Workout Together Would Understand

10 Incredible Things Only Couples Who Workout Together Would Understand

Both singles and couples are a bit fed up with “things couples do” stuff that keeps popping up all over the web. While some are genuinely cute, true and interesting to read, a lot of them tend to be mushy, overly romanticized and they seem more like quotes from your favorite soap opera than something that a real couple could identify with. Still, there are things out there that only certain couples can understand and relate to. Turning your romantic partner into a gym partner is one of those things. Unlike some other couples’ related topics, this one really has genuine benefits to a relationship and we are here to discuss some of them. The reason I claim that only certain couples understand this, is because you need to attempt this in order to realize how great it is!

1. You get pep talks from someone who knows you

We all know that motivation is very important and, sometimes, it gets really difficult to get yourself pumped up for your workout. Sometimes, there are real problems in our way, but other times we simply rationalize and say that it’s OK to skip training today, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Now, imagine if you have someone who knows all your excuses and can find a way to get you going during those “tough” days. I don’t just mean sweet talking you into it but also showing you some tough love and getting you really hyped. Couples who do this know each other better and don’t let each other slip into their bad habits.

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2. You focus more and work out better together

Social psychologists have proven thorugh studies that people who work out in the presence of their partners perform better. We are simply wired to attempt to be the best version of ourselves in front of each other and you have access to a bigger pool of energy. The mere presence of your partner works to your advantage and vice versa.

3. You spend more time together

A variety of joint activities that you do together inevitably leads to closeness and greater familiarity, and this applies to all couples. Working out is not easy. If it is easy, you are probably doing it wrong, and being that you are going to prepare for, go through and relax after the training session together means that you are really going to spend some time together.

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4. You are not grossed out by sweat anymore

Getting used to each other when you are smelly is an inevitable part of intimacy. I mean come on, you can’t always smell like a field of flowers, can you? Any couple that has some comfort issues between them should try to intensely workout together. When you start dripping from excretion, smells quickly become irrelevant. Working out together means you both need a shower afterwards, most times together.

5. You can blow out steam better

Things can really get hectic and some days are just plain bad. You come home, you are cranky and sometimes you lash out at your partner who wanted nothing else than to cheer you up. This kind of frustration transfer can be very bad but going to the gym together where you can lash out your rage at the weights, while you confer emotionally with a person close to you, can mean the world for your stress levels, as well as your stability as a couple.

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6. Your sex life gets much better

There are a lot of skeptics out there who claim that you don’t need to be physically fit to have a good sex life and you don’t, but being fit helps a lot. First of all, your body is capable of lasting longer as well as performing better and with more variety. Having visually more appealing bodies boosts your passion for each other, as well.

7. You massage each other regularly

While a lot of couples use massages for special occasions, stressful days and as an excuse to get intimate, you two will realize that it is much more than that. A good massage after a hard workout means a great deal to your body and is something you can’t do yourself. This will make you appreciate each other even more and be more than willing to return the favor.

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8. You and your partner learn to work as a team

You don’t need anyone to help you out, you have a trustworthy person next to you and you are ready to go. Also, you always have someone to watch you and point out that you might be doing something wrong, which reduces the possibility of injury and helps you get better results.

9. You start to appreciate slow days more

In some cases, couples start hating their routine and this can create a lot of problems. When you work out on a regular basis, you consider slow days a blessing and you don’t complain about them at all. It is a chance for the two of you to lay back, relax and do nothing except maybe watch a few episodes of your favourite TV show.

10. You grow stronger together

Watching a person grow stronger next to you and go through weakly hardships with you lets you see a side of them you probably never saw before. Seeing them brave through the pressures and coming out triumphant really builds the trust you have in them and you will start viewing them as a capable person that can adapt to changes and pull their own weight in a relationship. Recognizing these qualities in each other is a big step forward in a relationship. As you can see, there are more than a few reasons to workout as a couple. After all, everything is much more easily achieved if you have someone who cares about you and who you care for to brave you onward and to rely on when times get hard. In the end it, is also very romantic, wouldn’t you say?

Featured photo credit: Couple yoga of woman and man on the house-top via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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