We all lead busy lives. Creating time to take care of ourselves, both physically and spiritually often comes last, after ensuring that the needs of our jobs, our partner and children are met. How many times have you said, “I’ll take that class tomorrow,” only to find the life gets in the way?
What if you could find a way to take care of yourself while spending quality time with your partner? Couples that decide to train in Taekwondo together create a unique bond based on positive emotions and healthful living.
Not only does it help you keep off those extra pounds, but it also helps couples create dedicated space in their daily lives for shared experiences, some of which can be profound.
According to Psychology Today, couples that train together are more satisfied with their relationships. Working together on coordinated motions— like forms or one-step sparring— helps the couples become more attuned to one another, based on physical cues. What’s more, all that sweating, heart racing, and endorphin building can keep your physical attraction to one another strong.
“When a couple works out together, the actual exercise itself can physically and emotionally have a positive impact,” explained Dr. Jane Greer, a marriage and relationship psychotherapist in New York City and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship in an interview with YouBeauty Magazine. “Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship.”
I’m happy to be among several couples that train together at Chosun Taekwondo Academy. My boyfriend and I met at the school when I was just a white belt. Taekwondo was the foundation of our early relationship. Even though he was a much higher belt than me, we practiced together often, both on and off the Dojang floor. It’s been two years now, and we still happily practice together. We even woke up early on vacation to do our forms on the beach at sunrise. Happily, our experiences are not totally unique.
Nancy Garrett and her husband Jake, who are third-degree black belt instructors said, “We began our Taekwondo journey seven years ago, never dreaming what it would mean to us. Today we are 3rd degree black belts and instructors at Chosun Taekwondo Academy. It is what we do and it is a large part of who we are. We have had ups and downs in our training and our competitiveness over the years has caused more than a few temper flare-ups. But, after all this time we still ask, “How was class?” And then we talk about what we did or didn’t do well, and what we learned. What we do know for certain? It’s better together.”
Training together ensures that you both make time for yourselves, helps to deepen the bonds of your relationship and keeps you physically fit and attracted to one another.
*Includes 1 month of unlimited classes with uniform. Valid through February, 2015.