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Shared Workouts

Experts agree, two types of people live longer and happier—those who are married and those who stay fit. So, married people who stay fit should live the best lives of all. However, maintaining a relationship and staying fit both require many dedicated hours every week. With time at a premium, the best solution might be shared workouts. While this sounds easy, for most couples it’s nearly impossible. For workouts to be effective, you must exercise at your own pace. Inevitably, even the smallest difference in fitness, motivation or ability will cause you to either drift apart (no longer exercising together) or work above or below your desired pace (reducing the effectiveness of the workout). And those “lucky” enough to have identical abilities? They have another problem—competition; it can strain any relationship.

Tandeming is the answer—it’s the one activity allowing optimal workouts for both of you. Instead of working out alone, holding back or competing head-to-head, you’re a team with a common goal. And because tandeming is fun (some would even say romantic), this is quality time worth repeating.