Ok so it is February already and that can only me TWO things in my mind: Bad Weather and Valentines.

I cant change the weather but I can change how I feel about, I could turn up the heating, wear extra layers and warmer clothes or leave the country.

As for Valentine’s day, I’m gonna have to ride that one out, being a happy single: I would encourage other singles to just focus on some self love and buy your own flowers and chocolate then scoff the lot yourself, Namaste.

Although I am very content and happy being single this is not all about me. Have you heard that sickening phrase ‘couples who train together, stay together’?  Apparently there seems to be some truth in it.

Ok so there are benefits to having a partner when it comes to exercise and as this does not effect me I am being very loving, caring and sharing to highlight the benefits.

Here are five reasons you should consider taking your other half to the gym… 

1. No more “you spend too much time at the gym” 
Ever been jealous of how your partner always seems to find time for the gym and not for you? Or been made to feel guilty by your partner for sticking to a strict training routine? Well if you both go together and follow the same schedule, you can both keep fit and healthy, but also spend some quality time together too.

2. You always have someone to drag you to the gym 
We all have those days where going to the gym is the LAST thing you want to do, and are very temped to swap your trainers for your most loved cosy slippers. But making your partner your gym partner too means that there’s always someone who knows how to motivate you and who has your best interests at heart – and even if it was a struggle you’ll always feel much better after your workout!

3. Guilt free massages
Feeling sore and achy is definitely a big part of being a gym goer, some people love feeling the burn whereas others hate it. The bonus is, if your partner was the reason for making you do those extra few squats or burpees, they definitely then have the responsibility of looking after you the next day. So kick back and relax and allow them to make it up to you in the form of a lovely relaxing massage. Win, win.

4. Endorphins! 
Working out, eating well, and just generally staying healthy means you’re more likely to be happier in general. So working out with your partner means you’re more likely to stop that silly bickering and make room for a lot more laughing instead. Plus you’ll both be far more energised to go out and do exciting new things together, and look good while doing them!

5. Competition 
One of the biggest motivating factors in the gym is a bit of healthy competition, and who better to compete with than your partner? Setting yourselves goals and seeing who can reach them first, or even a simple 5k race can really help you to push yourself even harder than if you were doing it solo. Having a bit of rivalry in your relationship could also be a great way of keeping things exciting and interesting, so you can’t go wrong!

I teach mainly Pilates and the only competition you should have here (if you are going to have any) is with yourself but I am sure you can find ways to support each other here too.

So there we have it; five reasons couples that train together, stay together. Now the only task you have is convincing your other half to pull on those leggings and a sweat-band and actually get a sweat on – happy gyming!

Speak soon,

Cherron xxx