When is the last time that you and your spouse finished up dinner and went for a walk together? How about the last time the two of you were sitting around and decided you were going to go on a bike ride? If you are guilty of not remembering the last time you did anything remotely close to either of these things, you are not alone. Studies show that married couples exercise significantly less than people that are single do.
Staying fit after getting married tends to fall lower and lower the “priorities” list. Whether this is due to just the busyness of daily routines, raising kids, or whatever the excuse may be, you should try as early on as you can together to avoid it! If you can create good habits of exercising together and meal planning/grocery shopping together, it can be fun and easy to stay on the right track together. If you wonder why I keep saying “together”, it is because according to a 2007 study*, “your chances of becoming obese increase by 37 percent if your spouse becomes obese.” So you both need to have the goal in mind to be healthy!
Here are 6 tips to staying fit after marriage:
Plan at least two times that you are going to do some type of cardio together Monday-Friday (ex: walk, run, swim…) and at least one time on the weekend. Three times a week total. Always!
Do unique things for your exercise. Go hiking, mountain biking, or if you are into tennis then play tennis. Make it fun and switch off who picks what you two do together.
Make a little competition of the workouts. Sprint the last part of your walk. Loser makes dinner.
Take your lunch to work daily. Not only will you save money but it is so much easier to stay on a healthy diet. Save time by just cooking extra dinner and bringing leftovers.
As a basic rule of thumb, stay on the perimeter of the store when shopping. This is where you will find fresh fruits, veggies, & protein. More of what you need and less of the carbs and processed junk.
Be supportive of each other and motivate one another. It will be much easier if you are in this together.
Remember that slow progress is better than no progress, and there is no better workout partner than your significant other. You want to be able to grow old together. To set a healthy example for your kids. And to be able to get down on the floor and play with your grandkids one day. So make the lifestyle change.
For more tips, Fit Marriage is loaded with workout tips for couples.
Thanks for reading and be well!