I finally did it! I joined a gym about a week and a half ago. Austin and I are both able to get in on my pass, so we’ve made Fridays our work/date and workout/date days. We spend the mornings working on Love Hope Adventure and the afternoons our workout at the gym times.
It’s so helpful to workout together as a couple. I think it is a bonding experience as well as gives you a lot of accountability. We’ve never had the opportunity to do this before, and we are really enjoying it.
Today, I asked Patty Tyndell to come and share some of her top tips about how couples can workout together and benefit. I’m excited to hear what she has to say-
Consider A Workout Routine
The very first thing you should be considering is the exercise you’re doing with your partner. You spouse may be a good candidate for a gym buddy. Here’s a few issues you’ll have to work through:
These are some pretty tough obstacles to overcome depending on your season of life. But, if you are in a place where you can make these things happen, it is totally worth it.
However, if you are unable to make gym membership happen, then you can figure out ways to exercise at home. There are many YouTube videos that will give you ideas of how to workout at home without gym equipment. One of my favorite Instagram accounts is Zuzka Light. She does workouts every day that shows you how to use what you have to get fit.
A lot of fitness experts will tell you that your exercise only accounts for around 20% of your fitness and health level. As a family, you share a lot of meals together. That’s why it makes sense to work together with your dieting goals.
Don’t think that you have to just eat salads and bland foods all day. There are plenty of simple health options you can try:
Cut back on the number of deserts you eat in a week
Add fruits or vegetables to every meal
Use Competition to Your Advantage
Striking up a bit of healthy competition is a great way to drive each other when you’re trying to get fit. If you and your spouse aren’t the kind that can handle competing against one another, then you could join a Diet Bet.
You should look at each other’s progress, monitoring exactly how well one another is doing. Along with this, it can also help to share a personal trainer, if you decide to have one. This will make it easier to have sessions, while also giving you both the chance to get similar feedback.
By dieting together, it will be harder to let yourself down by eating something bad. Along with this, going to the gym together will make it harder to skip a session. Your marriage in fitness will not only drive your motivation to workout and diet in the first place. But, it will also give you the power to do more. It’s very easy to settle when you’re the only one you have to impress.
Team Building Will Help Your Marriage
Any time you can do things together as a team, you will have a stronger marriage. There’s multiple benefits to committing to fitness together. First, you are generally getting healthier and more active. Second, you can increase your libido and desire for one another. And third, you are developing a stronger relationship.
Hopefully you’ll get some good ideas of what can be done when you’re trying to tackle fitness with your spouse.
Keelie is a mother of three amazing boys and married to her high school sweetheart, Austin. She spends her days running R5 Website Management, taking care of the home, and investing in her children. In her spare time, she loves to encourage married couples to grow deeper in their relationship and find joy in their marriage.