There's no denying that online dating brought us many fun
and innovative things, such as finding love from the comfort of our computer
chair and introducing us to different niches like transgender
dating and dating a widower.
However, this fairly modern concept has more than one
similarity to a tradition many people still hold dear – working out. In that
name, let's take a look at the top 3 things fitness and dating have in common.
1. Bringing People Together
While this point is pretty obvious when it comes to dating,
inexperienced gym-goers may have a hard time seeing how fitness brings people
For starters, working out is always more fun when you have
at least one gym buddy. You get motivated more easily and doing those last
couple of reps will feel more like a challenge and less like a burden when you
have someone to accompany you.
Furthermore, some fitness disciplines require you to spend
time in a group. These include spin classes, Crossfit, and more. Finally, some
heavy-duty exercises simply demand that you have one or more spotters to help
you and ensure you don't get injured.
2. Looking Good
Everyone who ever went on at least one date knows that that
a person's appearance is of utmost importance. The way you look, your posture,
body language – everything counts. This is one of the biggest similarities
dating has with fitness, as the latter puts an immense accent on improving your
Going to the gym can get pretty boring if you don't have a
goal in mind. For most people, the mission is to lose those extra pounds, put
on a six-pack and get in shape. Even those who couldn't care less about their appearance
still come out looking better than before after spending some time hitting the
weights or running on the treadmill.
3. Overcoming Obstacles
Finally, we have adaptability as the final similarity
between dating and fitness. It manifests a bit differently in these two cases,
but it's undoubtedly still there.
When it comes to dating, whether it's online or offline,
there are times when we either come across a wall someone has put in front of
us or we get downright rejected. Sometimes we can make certain moves to
overcome these obstacles, while on other occasions there's virtually nothing we
can do about it, so we just have to move on.
These scenarios can also be found in working out. When
someone “hits a plateau” in the gym, it means they've been working out in such
a way that they now cannot move forward with their exercises. Also, some people
can find themselves completely unable to perform an exercise for months on end,
despite the fact that they're physically fit and that their strength and endurance
are constantly improving.
Both fitness and dating teach us how to recognize, adapt to
and overcome an obstacle once we encounter it. It's truly an invaluable lesson
that can be applied to many situations in our lives.
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