Becoming an active couple
Hi Bess Be Fit readers! I’m thrilled to be doing a guest post while Bess is soaking up the sun at the beach! I’m Katie over at Slowly But Surely, where I write about accomplishing my goals of getting healthy and getting out of debt. I just moved from New York City to live in Wisconsin with my new fiancé, Matt.
It’s been a big adjustment, especially when it comes to healthy eating and exercise!
Research has proven that moving in with a partner can make you fat and I refuse to let that happen.
I ran the NYC ½ marathon in March and try to stay as active as possible. Before moving in with Matt, I worried I would forget all the healthy habits I have built over the past year without an active roommate pushing me.
As an actuary, Matt has to spend 300 hours studying for exams twice a year. He also enjoys video games with friends (obviously, he’s male) so you can imagine my concern that his relatively inactive lifestyle would rub off on me and research would be proven true. If I say, “man, I don’t want to run tonight!” he says, “maybe you will tomorrow” instead of motivating my butt off the couch right then.
Fortunately, the past few weeks have been much more active for the both of us than I expected, thanks to a few tricks I’ve tried.
*Sign up for a race or event.
If it’s on the calendar and you paid for it, you’re committed. Regardless of your partner’s plans, you have a schedule to stick to or you will waste your time and money. I will be running a half marathon as a relay on July 4th and I will be running the Fox Cities half marathon in September. I’m out running three times a week and so far Matt has joined me a few times!
*Mix things up.
When I’m not running, Matt and I do P90X workouts together. It’s a great workout and it’s fun seeing each other make progress!
*Make things fun.
Some nights we simply don’t want to lace up our shoes and workout. When that happens I can usually get him to play Just Dance with me on his Xbox. We make it a competition and get some fun cardio in for the night.
I like to think that my attitude about exercise makes Matt want to join me. I make it a priority but it is not my life. Matt always knows that I love when he joins me but if he’d rather do something else, that’s cool too. I will challenge myself, whether or not Matt wants to do it too.
*Enjoy the rest days.
I allow myself plenty of cuddle time on the couch when we’re not working out. Working out is great but I equally love days we can go away for a weekend without forcing workouts into our schedules. I think Matt appreciates the balance I maintain and it makes him more interested when it is time to workout.
These relatively easy tips have worked so well that sometimes when I have a run on the schedule but Matt doesn’t want to go, he will use that time to do a P90X DVD instead.
He is also considering signing up for the Fox Cities half marathon with me! I love that we’re becoming an active couple and I’m not losing sight of my fitness goals. Maybe even one day he will initiate the workouts and get me off the couch when I’m feeling lazy!
Have you had to learn how to become an active couple with your significant other or perhaps a friend or family member?