Shared hobbies make relationships hotter. Whether sweating on a run, bonding over Netflix, or fine dining and wining together, couples have to share interests – pure and simple.
Leisure pursuits connect couples: You don’t have to share every interest but both of you need something that bonds you while doing something fun, adventurous or creative.
If everything you love doing is done with someone else, then it’s easy to get on parallel tracks – possibly headed for splitsville.
Doing things together is a huge part of being in a relationship – it makes for better conversations and good shared memories.
Follow these 10 hobbies happy couples do every day for a healthy relationship:
A quick check-in.
Whether it’s a call on the drive home from work or a pow-wow in the kitchen as soon as you both walk in, a quick check-in with your partner will get you both on the same page.
Feeling love toward your partner is important, but so is expressing that love in physical ways. It’s not wise to play hard to get when your goal is to build the passion in your relationship. The affection you show doesn’t have to be elaborate or overly gushy. A touch on the shoulder or kiss on the cheek is enough to build your relationship’s intensity.
Massage times two.
Nothing is more relaxing after a long day than a little massage, but the problem is always who gets the massage first? Fortunately we have found the perfect solution: Massage his neck and shoulders while he sits on the ground in between your legs while he massages your feet. Do this while chatting about our day. Talk about a win-win situation!
Engaging in sexual intercourse.
It should come as no surprise that having intercourse is a positive expression of a love’s intensity. People in love are more likely to have sex with each other on a regular basis. Sexual activity builds and maintains feelings of love and even happiness that endure over time.
Board games are anything but boring when playing with your significant other. Scrabble not your speed? Try cards or any other game that lets you both unwind.
Hit the gym together.
Protect your heart and your love by meeting up at the gym for a little after-work sweat session. All the endorphins will help you bond and you can work out any anger on the punching bag. Plus, it helps keep us motivated knowing the other person is waiting there and it also means we are working out at the same time so we can be together when we are home.
Walk the dog.
Your pooch has been cooped up indoors all day and could use some exercise. And you’ve been cooped up indoors all day too and, let’s be honest, could also use some exercise. Take your dog for a walk and use the time to unwind with your partner and reconnect.
‘Netflix and chill’
Literally. Well, it’s more like flop on the couch with a movie on until we’ve reached an acceptable bedtime or one of us falls asleep. Whichever comes first.
Make a picnic.
If the weather’s warm, try shaking up your routine by moving your evening meal to a more scenic location. (Or if it’s cold, try a blanket on your living room floor.) The change of pace can give you time to talk and relax. And it doesn’t have to be fancy—sandwiches taste 100 percent better at the park, we swear!
Get away together.
Pack your suitcase and get away for the night, weekend or a week-long trip. A romantic getaway recharges you both and gives you some quality time outside of your familiar walls. If your budget is tight, opt for a one-night excursion on a local hotel.