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Most of us are familiar with the pattern: When we settle into a comfortable relationship, our desire for quality time and comfort outweighs (no pun intended) the need to hit the gym. It’s not just by happenstance – recent studies from Southern Methodist University and the journal Social Science & Medicine have shown that the happier we are in our relationships, the more likely we are to gain weight. Becoming a parent can exacerbate this phenomenon, and becoming a pet parent, as it turns out, can have a similar effect. To stay competitive among the bevy of options out there, many gyms are expanding their amenities to include child care built into the price of memberships. But no gyms – at least not any of the national heavy­hitters – offer amenities for pups,

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