Experts Weigh In On Why Love Widens the Waistline and How to Use These Relationships to Get Moving and Boost the Libido

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  • (1888PressRelease) February 09, 2012 - "Love weight" is the popular term that describes the scientific finding that relationships bring extra eating and weight gain. This Valentine's Day, Urban Active sheds light on relationship weight gain and how to effectively lose weight, all while building a better relationship. Being single does not prevent this 'loving' weight gain, friends and their eating/exercise habits are cited as a culprit. To combat weight gain this February, Urban Active is offering free personal training sessions for couples or a free seven day pass for singles, to jump start the month of love.

    What is "love weight"? One study from the Obesity Society found that young women who were dating gained an average of 15 pounds over five years, those women who were cohabiting but not married gained 18 pounds, and the newly married gained 24 pounds.

    At the same time, the "obesity is contagious" study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that if one spouse becomes obese, the other is 37 percent more likely to do so, also. [US News and World Report]

    The solution is to provide methods to keep the 'mojo' going and translate it to fitness, improving their relationship status along the way. Instead of dinner dates, find activities that get you moving. Get involved with workouts that interest both partners, challenge one another, and push one another to try new things.

    Josh Bowen, Quality Control Director of Personal Training at Urban Active Fitness, share three partner exercises so couples can sweat it out together at the gym:

    1) Partner Assisted Pull-Ups: For those that cannot quite do a regular pull up, you can place your hands/arms in the same place and cross your feet together and bend at the knee. Your partner will hold your feet and help give you that extra push to complete the reps

    2) Medicine Ball Throws- One person sits on the ground with their knees bent and feet elevated off the floor. Partner gently throws a medicine ball to person on the floor and they throw it back.

    3) Body Weight Shoulder Press- place partner in a seated position and start with elbows in a 90 degree angle with palms facing up. Other partner applies pressure to the hands, while they try to extend their hand. This works the shoulder joint as a weighted shoulder press would just with the resistance of your partner.

    Single? The "Obesity is Contagious" study carries into friendships. Having an overweight friend makes you 57 percent more apt to gain weight. There are subtle transmissions of behavior or social norms that are shown to alter a person's perception of what's okay. Enjoy friend time in different ways by using friendships to get active. Form workout buddies to keep you challenged, on a schedule and to share advice. Another approach is to try workout classes to gain a larger motivation group.

    The bonus of exercise is that it boosts the libido. Exercise is a simple and effective way to increase overall satisfaction as it can reduce stress, release endorphins, improve body image and can positively impact your hormones according to

    Urban Active Fitness wants to boost your love life this Valentine's Day by offering couples a free personal training session "a deux" (applies only for first time users for both members and non-members) and a complimentary seven day pass for non-members. Visit for more details.

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