If you’re trying to lose weight, exercise more, or stop smoking, you should try doing it with your bae. (Just don’t do actual couples exercises like these please.) According to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, couples who build new good habits as a team are more likely to reach their health goals and more likely to keep their habits over the course of years: 70 percent of the couples in the study who went to the gym together were still doing so at least once a week, compared to about 25 percent of the study participants who went to the gym alone, and smokers who quit together had a 50 percent chance of quitting for good compared to only 8 percent of the single smokers. Keep reading »
I think I just found a new game that I want to bring to every party I will attend for the rest of my life. The Cut has come up with “Sexy Charades,” a game in which real couples are asked to act out a sex position based on its name, and its name only. As I’m sure you know, some positions these days are given…um, unique names. Take, for example, One Sausage Wrapped To Go, or The Intermediate Swimming Lesson. The Cut producers used the “Position Of The Day” card deck by the editors of Nerve.com as their guide, and let the games begin! So how did their test couples do getting into position? Watch the video above to find out! [Happy Place]
Filmmaker Topaz Adizes highlights how real couples tackle tough conversations by having lovers pose the awkward question of whether they’re the best their partner has ever had. The video is a part of Adizes’ film project “The And”, in which 30 couples approach honest talks in a genuine, not-so-Hollywood way. Have you asked your significant other this question? Would you ask, or would rather not know the answer? [HuffPost]
If you and your significant other finally decided to take that giant leap of financial and emotional faith and move in together, know that this is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Before you eagerly sign the dotted line on your lease, take a look at some things you should sit down and discuss BEFORE you find yourself arguing over who should be taking out the trash or paying the electric bill. Keep reading »
A couple in Saskatchewan, Canada, was in the middle of their wedding photo shoot when a funnel cloud began to form nearby. Their amazing photographer, Colleen Niska, knew it was the chance to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot that they couldn’t miss. Even though they were far enough away from the storm to feel safe (for the record, nobody in the area reported injuries from the tornado), a moment like that is when most of us would bolt in the other direction. Instead, they stuck it out and ended up with this kickass picture for their wedding album. So worth it. [TIME] [Image via Colleen Niska/Facebook]
I am the only person in my friend group not in a relationship, a swinging single floating in the midst of the happily coupled. Nights out are often curtailed early. Someone’s boyfriend is tired, someone else’s boyfriend has the stomach flu. One couple stayed out too late and now has to go home to rest their eyes and watch DVR’ed episodes of “Orphan Black,” together, natch.
Hanging out with couples used to make me uncomfortable. I never knew what to do when their tiny domestic disputes were laid bare in front of me at the bar. One of the most uncomfortable brunches I have ever encountered was before Christmas, with my best friend and his boyfriend. I pushed a pile of Eggs Benedict around my plate as they exchanged carefully shrouded barbs about present exchanges and quality time before the holidays. I left them standing quietly on the street in front of the restaurant, speaking in hushed tones about what to do next. Keep reading »