It’s always easier to get motivated when you have a buddy to get motivated with you, and what better person to buddy up with than your spouse? Turns out, getting fit as a couple doesn’t only make for a holiday photo to brag about. It may actually make your relationship last longer, too!
If we’ve convinced you to grab your partner and hop on board the health train, read on for our top 5 ways to get fit together as a couple!
Tip #1: Set a fitness goal together
It’s always easier to stay motivated when you’ve set a goal to work towards and a timeline to achieve it. Whether that’s a professional goal, like receiving a promotion in the next 6 months, or a personal goal, like reading 10 books by the end of the year, there’s just something about setting a goal that keeps us going.
Before you and your spouse begin your fitness journey, set an achievable goal on a realistic timeline. One of our favorite choices when it comes to goal setting is signing up for a race. There are all different types of races to choose from, ranging from marathons and half marathons to 5k and 10k races. If you and your partner are fitness novices, a 10k is a great choice. It’s a low-pressure environment with people of all skill levels, from seasoned runners to beginners just like yourself!
Tip #2: Get the right equipment
If you and your boo are starting a new skill, it’s important to get the right equipment. Be sure to choose quality gear if you want to stay in it for the long haul. Cheap workout gear gets sweaty and stinky very quickly. Look for performance fabrics that wick sweat and keep you cool.
It’s also important to choose the right pair of shoes to suit your needs. When it comes to athletic shoes, there are tons of men’s and women’s shoes suited to all sorts of activities. If you’re planning to spend most of your time in the gym, a training shoe is a great choice. For a couple who wants to get outside and get hiking, it’s important to choose supportive hiking shoes.
Finally, if you’re picking up a new sport or game, make sure you have any necessary equipment for playing. Consider buying from a used sports equipment store to get the most bang for your buck. You’ll find gently used tennis rackets, hockey equipment, football helmets, and more!
Tip #3: Don’t forget healthy eating, too
There’s an old runners’ adage that you can’t outrun unhealthy food. And while there’s surely an amount of exercise that will burn off any caloric meal, the point is that getting fit isn’t just about exercise. A healthy lifestyle is just that: a lifestyle.
In order to make fitness a holistic part of your life, it’s important to incorporate healthy foods into your diet. Remember that healthy eating isn’t about restriction or starvation; it’s about balance. Rather than cutting out carbs altogether, opt for whole grains over simple carbohydrates like potatoes and white bread. Pick veggies and dip over salty snacks.
You’ll find that healthy eating won’t just help you shed pounds, but it will help your stamina in the gym, too!
Tip #4: Have fun!
It may sound a bit corny, but it’s so important to make sure to have fun, no matter where your fitness journey takes you. Regularly check in with your spouse. Make sure they’re still feeling good about their journey, and aren’t overwhelmed or exhausted. If one of you is dissatisfied with the way things are going, make a change! Pick a different exercise or take a week off. A fitness journey that makes you and your spouse grumpy and frustrated isn’t healthy for your mind or your relationship.
Most importantly, be sure to celebrate victories with your spouse! Congratulate one another as you hit each goal and treat yourselves to a spa day or a small vacation.
Getting fit together as a couple can be a beautiful bonding experience. Enjoy yourselves and have fun! And remember, make it a competition if you really want to take things up a notch!