Increase your happiness with your relationship.
Studies show that after joint participation in a physical challenge or activity, couples reported feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner. Cycling is a perfect example of the type of activity that can have these positive effects. It’s the physiological arousal, rather than the novelty or challenge of the activity, that drives romantic attraction. This suggests that sharing a fitness goal (such as training for a 50k ride), taking regular rides together, or even weekend cycling dates can raise the quality of your romantic relationship.
Improve the efficiency of your cycling.
A long-standing concept in social psychology is that the presence of someone else affects your ability to do an activity. Even if you already feel confident cycling, bringing along your other half will be a great way to boost your energy output. Your partner’s presence will improve your speed, without you necessarily being aware of their influence.
Make your partner fall in love with you.
Exercise induces the symptoms of physiological arousal—sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath. These symptoms mirror, in many ways, the thrill of romantic attraction.Funilly enough, people can easily mistake the two and misattribute physical arousal for romantic attraction. Use this phenomenon to your advantage by inviting your romantic interest to workout with you. The results? A likely boost to your attractiveness in their eyes.
Be better in the bedroom.
A new study showed that 66% of participants felt that since taking up cycling to work, their relationships with their partner had drastically improved, and not just in the day to day, but in the bedroom too! All that exercise means energy and stamina! So for 39% of people that means a better sex life, and who doesn’t want that? I mean, we’re constantly searching for ways to improve our sex lives, even those of us who have fantastic ones, so this just might be the perfect fit for some people
Help you achieve your fitness goals.
When partners care about each others fitness, it becomes easier to achieve fitness goals. Husbands who care about fitness, engage in more physical activity when their wives give them supportive health related comments. Sharing in the ups and downs of a daily commute, or a weekend trail, can provide the perfect context for such comments. However never get into the habit of relying on your partner when it comes to your fitness goals, this can lead to lack of effort on your behalf if they’re not motivating you.
Increase your emotional bond.
When you cycle together, you create an environment in which you can coordinate your actions. For example, you might match your pedalling pace with theirs, or cycle side by side. This behaviour creates nonverbal matching, or mimicry, which benefits you both. Nonverbal mimicry helps people feel emotionally connected with one another, and those who experience or engage in cycling together, tend to report greater feelings of having “bonded” with their partner. Exercising together provides an opportunity to create such connection, benefiting both your health and your relationship.
What are you waiting for?
The evidence is clear, couples who bike together, don’t only just stay together, but are fitter, happier and have a better quality of life. So why not try it for yourselves? We offer a great range of his and hers bikes, that means you’ll both be riding in style, yet avoid being one of those matchy-matchy couples.