A recent survey by Zoosk.com found that many Canadians are motivated to hit the gym this year to impress their partner. (Edyta Pawlowska/Fotolia)
Couples that hit the gym together, stay together.
A new survey by Zoosk.com found that hitting the gym means more to Canadians than just keeping up their New Year’s resolutions – it also means keeping (and piquing) their partner’s interest.
The survey showed that 59% of coupled-up Canadians are motivated to hit the gym this year to impress their partner. It would seem Canadians are not letting themselves go when they’ve settled down with someone, instead they’re working up a healthy dose of sexual appetite.
“Canadians are working hard at the gym to keep their partner interested in them,” says Lida Elias, dating expert, CEO and founder of Save My Date. “Especially if you’re in a long-term relationship, you need to make your partner feel that you care and they’re important to you.”
Men want to focus on their abs, arms and chest, while women want to draw attention to a sculpted stomach, found the survey.
“I call them beach muscles,” says Brent Bishop, personal trainer, lifestyle coach and owner of Think Fitness Studios in Toronto. “Most men from my experience, they want to lose weight around their waist, and then get some arms and chest.”
Women are more specific, added Bishop, as they focus on things they want to work on or lose he said.
“For women, it’s the stomach, but also hips and thighs, they are also pointing out things like the little fold that tucks into your bra strap.” But if women really want turn heads, they should shift from the belly crunches to the booty workouts as men said they are four times more likely to notice a woman’s behind than her stomach.
“Let’s face it, that aesthetic goal is the big reason people exercise,” Bishop says.
Exercise can help in more ways than just turning your body into personal eye candy for your partner. It also helps to build your bond and simply makes you feel better - think, a healthy and hot partner is a happy partner.
Double sessions are popular at Bishop’s studio, as he says working out with someone else not only motivates you, but it also keeps you accountable.
“I find those double sessions are a lot more fun." "It’s like couples therapy and there’s friendly competition. There's a little bit of trash talking, but it motivates the other person to do more reps and one-up the other person.”