When you stood before your partner on your wedding day, said your vows and ended them with “until death parts us”, we’re willing to be that somewhere in your mind, you were thinking that you wanted that to be many, many years away.
Yet the reality is that more than two-thirds of adults are currently considered to be obese. And when that goes untreated, it can cause all kinds of health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and even certain cancers.
The good news is that there are things that you can do that will help to extend your life, the life of your spouse and ultimately, the longevity of your marriage. If you’re curious about what marriage fitness tips you can apply to your relationship in order to stay in great physical condition, here are six great ones.
1) Walk together
Ideally, it would be awesome if you and your spouse set aside 30-45 minutes, a few times per week, in order to workout. But even if you’re not able to do that, you can still burn a few calories, while also spending some quality moments with one another, if you make a point to walk together. Probably the most realistic time would be in the evenings after work or following dinner. You can easily shed a couple of pounds each week by doing so every day.
2) Go grocery shopping as a couple
If you both have the habit of eating out a lot, not only does that tend to do a real number on your finances but your waistline as well. That’s why it’s actually better to eat at home. In order to do that, you’re going to need to get your own groceries so why not go as a couple? Be purposeful in getting fresh produce, organic items and things that are high in protein. Also limited foods that have a lot of fat or processed sugar. That way, you can feel good about what you’re eating. Literally.
3) Cook together
Aside from walking together, another way to get in some one-on-one time with your spouse is to cook together too. In fact, according to many relationship coaches and professional matchmakers, it’s one of the most romantic things that you can do as a couple. As a bonus, there are countless studies which indicate that cooking together is a healthier way to eat as well.
4) Set physical fitness goals
Even if you’re not super big on the whole exercise thing, it can still be helpful to set a few physical fitness goals. For instance, why not suggest to your partner that you both run in an upcoming marathon? You can even make a vacation out of it by going to one that is in a city (or even country) that you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll be able to work out and see (more of) the country or world at the same time. (A win/win all the way around.)
5) Plan outdoor dates
Just because you’re married, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still go out on dates, right? Why can’t some of them consist of outdoor sports? You can go biking, hiking or even kayaking together. This is another suggestion that can be turned into a vacation. To read more about the best places to for an outdoor adventure within the United States, click here.
6) Be each other’s physical health accountability partner
Out of all of the marriage fitness tips that we’ve already provided, this one may be the most important. When you decided to marry your spouse, you took on the role of being their top accountability partner; the person that they can (and should) come to when they need encouragement, support and also some sound advice. When it comes to exercising, healthy eating and keeping regular doctor visits, make sure that you and your spouse are looking out for one another. That way, you and your love can remain for many (many) more years to come!
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