Now that we’ve finished all the champagne and Christmas cookies, it’s time to get fit and not just talk about it. And it might seem like a bad idea to work out with your boyfriend. Burpees are hard enough. So, adding on body image issues, feeling self-conscious and competing with all that testosterone doesn’t seem like it would make your workout any easier. But working out with your boyfriend can actually bring you closer together and closer to your fitness goals. 

Research shows that the lifestyle choices of one partner influences the habits of the other individual. So, if you’re living an unhealthy lifestyle, chances are, your partner is, too. But if you both make the decision to eat better and exercise together, you have a common goal and that increases the likelihood of you both reaching that goal.

While a competitive workout partner might seem like a deterrent, it can actually be a good thing. They can push you forward and help you stay accountable, especially when you’re doing a workout that you both enjoy.

Besides, when you work out, your body releases feel good hormones, like endorphins, which help the two of you to feel happier and more energized. Exercise can also help to reduce stress, which is always a good thing in any relationship.

Finally, research suggests that exercise can increase your libido and improve your sex life. So, not only does exercise help you bond with your partner, but it also allows you to grow in greater intimacy.

Who knew that a good cardio workout could work wonders in the bedroom?

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Smack dab in the middle of summer, the 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to celebrate American history, eat a hot dog (or two) and play with your outfits. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to walk around in stars and stripes. In fact, these five 4th of July fashion looks are independent and slightly rebellious. Our forefathers would be proud.

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