The news tells us regularly something we can notice by going to the mall once in a while. Americans have become fatter, less active, more depressed, and have more relationship problems then practically any other people on the planet. With nearly 40% of the US adult population considered obese, is it any wonder that physical health problems are translating into relationship problems?
An example of this can be seen easily in the typical family environment on a day-to-day basis. Both parents are working and spending time apart, both are normally stressed between working conditions as well as the commute. Many women come home and clean, and I personally know a good amount of men who come home, sit on the couch and watch TV while drinking beer.
Studies Show The Benefits of Exercise, And Their Relationship Improving Qualities
It is a well documented fact that physical activity (or lack thereof) can directly impact your mood. The logical extension of this is that mood impacts a person’s relationships and behavior from his or her dog to the boss, and everyone else in between. Obviously working out can improve this, but that doesn’t solve the relationship dillemas. Therefore, doing a daily workout or some form of mutual activity can improve relationships as well as health.
Physical exercise can improve the relationship with a significant other in several crucial ways. First, it can provide a common, fun activity that can be done together on a regular basis. It gets a couple away from the mundane everyday life stuff and into a whole different level of relating. This activity would involve both people working to build trust in each other and help each other to achieve fitness goals together. As it is not a competition, both can have the success that goes with accomplishing personal goals with the help and support of the other. This will involve finding activities that are enjoyable to both partners-strength training is one example, as are taking fitness classes like Zumba. And here’s a news flash-people don’t have to like to dance-or be particularly good at it-to have fun with it. Zumba is done in a low light room and everyone else is more concerned about keeping up with the instructor to worry about anyone elses’ sorry dance skills.
Natural Morphine Is A Great Bad Mood Alleviator!
The second way physical exercise can improve personal relationships is by pure release of endorphins. These mood boosters have been proven to help alleviate depression and relieve stress. Regardless of any ongoing relationship status, this is an area where nearly everyone needs help. Stress leads to an increased chance of illness, weight gain, and a host of other problems. In general, people are happier when they exercise, and this will make relationships easier.
Another benefit of physical exercise, especially if kids are involved, is that there has to be a good example that life does not always involve sitting around watching TV or playing on the computer. There are many family-friendly exercise programs designed to get everyone moving including hiking, running, or simply playing in the yard or at the park. Shared family exercise provides a way for families to get to know each other on an entirely different level and can provide kids with good memories of the things done together as a family.
Don’t Expect It To Be Your Way Or The Highway
Some of these ideas might take a bit of compromise from everyone, but flexibility and the courage to try something different is worth the effort to add a solid foundation layer to personal relationships. People might even find that they really enjoy some of the activities that they said they didn’t like! Even if the activity wouldn’t always be their first choice, it adds the experience of trying something new to their lives, and variety is essential for life.
In The End..
There are countless studies showing how endorphins, you’re natural morphine, improve relationships. In a relationship, you share togetherness, what better way than improving your lives together as well as your relationships? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched a movie with my ex-girlfriends and won’t even try to guess the titles. However, my strongest relationships always involved a culmination of something we did together, like going through Purgatory Chasm or hiking the Kankamagus. I still remember those years later, even more I remember their names!