Physically Active Lifestyles Can Create a Stronger Relationship

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

C. Price

C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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A number of recently published studies confirm what many have suspected for years — when couples engage in physical activity together, they strengthen their relationship while also improving each partner’s personal health.

Not only is physical activity a factor within many successful relationships, the research suggests it’s easier to maintain a physically active lifestyle when that lifestyle is shared with a romantic partner.

“A life of healthful exercise can

increase your lifespan by 4.5 years.”

Research conducted by the Brigham City Community Hospital explained that many physical activities are perfect for couples, including taking long walks, hiking, playing tennis or riding bikes instead of driving.

The study noted while exercise was enough to extend lifespan on its own, experiencing a successful relationship has also been correlated with life extension. Researchers said sharing enjoyable physical activity with a relationship partner is as an excellent way to reap the health benefits of both activities simultaneously, ultimately stating:

“Why not spend a little QT (quality time) while getting proactive about your health? It’s no secret that exercise yields widespread, life-altering benefits — helping stave off disease, injury and other ailments.”

Other recently published studies agree with these conclusions, including research published by the Mayo Clinic, Web M.D. and the National Institutes of Health, all noting “leisure-time physical activity extend life expectancy as much as 4.5 years,” and “Physical activity can…help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.”

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