With February being the month of love, more and more couples are looking for new ways to grow together. Research shows that foregoing the traditional candle-lit dinner for the gym can have some real, tangible benefits.

In a study undertaken by University College London, over 3000 couples and their habits were analysed. Those that went to the gym together were more likely to beat their unhealthy habits than those that didn’t. Furthermore, the research pointed towards a phenomenon called the ‘halo-effect’, a powerful placebo effect which made couples feel warmer towards one another.

The reason is scientific. Exercise releases endorphins in your body, a happy-hormone that reduces stress and increases pleasure. The word is a shortening of “endogenous morphine”, so it’s no surprise exercise makes you feel so good. And this feel-good factor is amplified with your significant other at your side.

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