Having a work out buddy is not only great company, but can be extremely motivating as well.
Here is some advice for working out as a couple.
TRY NEW WORKOUTS
Working with your spouse opens new ideas and adventures in working out and getting exercise. Maybe one of you is into yoga, bring your partner to your next yoga class and in return go to the gym to learn your partners free weight program. By trying new activities together you and your partner may find something that you actually like and can incorporate into your regular routine.
YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
In your relationship you hold each other accountable for various things, such as taking out the garbage and remembering to pay bills. Going to the gym or other activity is no different. You will set expectations for yourself and your significant other. You will help hold them accountable so you can reach your goals together and in return they will do the same for you. It is also harder to skip that activity when someone expects you to be there with them.
FUEL EACH OTHER’S PASSION
It is important to care about the progress your partner makes and be genuinely happy for them when they achieve a personal fitness goal. By supporting and cheering each other on, you will not only build a great support system but generate great motivation for each other as well.
Trying to balance hectic schedules and life turmoils can be tricky. Next time you hit the gym or do an activity treat it as a date. Pick an activity and use it to bond or to related how your day was or even to discuss issues that have become important in your lives. Pick something that is fun but still giving you exercise such as bowling.
INCORPORATE FITNESS INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE
Make fitness part of your everyday lifestyle. It does not mean hitting the gym every day but incorporating fun activities into your routine. Going for hikes, bike rides, family swims or going for a walk are all great activities. This will promote a healthy lifestyle and will ensure you have some quality time together.
There is nothing wrong with competition. Challenge your partner to new goals and achievements. This is a fun way to keep the gym interesting and motivate each other to perform at your absolute best.
The most important thing is to communicate with your partner. Let them know your goals and what goals they have. Let them know when you have accomplished something that you are proud of achieving. Share any knowledge that you have learned regarding health and fitness as Knowledge is power!!!!
So go out with your partner and have fun and get fit at the same time and see how your relationship becomes stronger
Gwen Cottingham, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Certified Life Coach Sign up for more nutritional solutions that are simple, fun and sustainable
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