There are plenty of advice pieces telling you how to make your relationship, as a couple, healthier. But, these articles are few and far between when it comes to physical health.
As it turns out, couples can become a lot healthier individually if they are both on the same page regarding their lifestyles. They can drag each other either up or down – and the choice is really yours.
Studies over the years have proved the effectiveness of training partners in gyms. If you are both aligned with your newfound healthy lifestyle, it makes the task oh-so-much easier (and more likely to be successful).
Now, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can encourage healthy living in your relationship.
Everyone’s fitness needs are different
A couple will rarely have the exact same health needs, which means that compromise is always needed. For example, one half of the couple might be aiming to bulk and build muscle, while the other might be looking to slim down.
Suffice to say; these both have different approaches. However, what remains constant are the principles. In this example, both are trying to stay healthy – and while they might be eating slightly differently and exercising in different ways to achieve this if they are aligned, they can make it work. It might be by portion sizes or simply training at the same time. Either way, this encourages both lifestyles, so they slot into a regime that works for the relationship.
Couples’ camps are more popular than ever
Perhaps, however, the above doesn’t apply. Perhaps both of you have the same goals.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen a surge of couples’ boot camps and similar ideas designed to get couples exercising together.
We’re by no means saying that these are the best exercise methods out there (although some are highly renowned). However, as you are following the same program, you can at least act as a ‘training buddy’ for each other – and this can heighten the chances of you both sticking to your new regime.
Don’t make it too functional
While it’s all well and good living a healthy lifestyle – this doesn’t have to be your sole purpose in life. Sure, for some couples, it’s a huge part of a relationship – but for the majority, this is simply about leading a healthier life, so they reduce the risk of falling to heart and joint conditions, which are commonly claimed for on insurance policies later down the line.
In other words, you don’t have to turn your lives upside down. Biscuits are allowed, as are lazy days – your purpose is to offer gentle encouragement for each other.
Date night doesn’t have to be out on the town
By the same token, you can think a little more strategically about some elements of your life, with date night being one of these. Rather than hitting a restaurant every week, consider taking things into your own hands at home. We all know of the hidden calories that are often baked into restaurant meals, so taking the DIY approach can be something that makes an immediate difference. Furthermore, it can still revolve around your favorite meals, but you’re in control of all of the ingredients this time.