Health Check: couples that work out together
During this season of love, couples give each other flowers, chocolate and a variety of other things to show that they care. And then, there are those who express their admiration by helping one another become as fit as possible.

"We met in the gym. So it's been a big part of our lives ever since," said Sam Aldrich of Plymouth.

Aldrich and his fiancee, Jessica Conner, spend plenty of time in the gym working out with each other.

"I like it a lot," Aldrich said. "Like, I'll be going easy on myself and she just starts yelling. Just starts telling me 'what's up' and 'Keep going. You're better than this.'"

"I think it's easy because we're comfortable with each other, so we push each other harder," Conner said.

Not every workout can be done in tandem, but when it comes to certain core exercises and leg exercises, they showcase how two can be better than one.

"It's fun to work together and reach these goals that are sometimes really hard for people to get to," Aldrich said.

Talk to person trainers at the Snap Fitness in Plymouth, and they say this is not only a great idea, but it's something they encourage.

"We relate it a little bit to a pro sports team," said Colt Miller, owner of the Snap Fitness in Plymouth. "You kind of have one common goal. One might want to lose weight or put on some muscle tissue, but you're both working hard, and you're working toward something together."

That "something" could be a physical goal, but experts say there are benefits beyond losing weight and building muscle.

"By doing these things together, there's a great emotional bond there with working out together," Miller said.

Aldrich and Conner would agree. They've been a couple for nearly three years. Next year, they're getting married.

"I think every couple could benefit from it," Aldrich said. "And not only that, you're being healthy together, so you're going to live a long life with each other."

Delane Cleveland

Feb. 14, 2017


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