Getting into Shape as a Couple
Getting into Shape as a Couple
One of the biggest reasons people make a commitment to getting in shape is a wedding on the horizon. Think about it. When you have lost weight or buffed up in the past, has it happened just because – or was it more likely to occur as a result of an event coming up you want to get ready for?
For so many people, those upcoming events can provide the perfect amount of motivation to finally get off the couch and start moving. And for a lot of brides to be, fitting into that gorgeous dress on the big day can be even more motivating.
It’s not at all uncommon to hear about brides shaping up for their wedding day, but we don’t hear men talking about it nearly as much. Which is a shame, because embarking upon this journey together could actually increase your odds of success and create a great bonding opportunity for you both.
Inspire Each Other
It can be hard to stay on track when the most important person in your life isn’t supporting your goals to lose weight and get in shape. If just one person is focused on health and fitness, the other runs the risk of inadvertently shifting that focus or providing the temptation to slip. Case in point: if you’ve been eating healthy for two weeks and come home to find your future spouse gorging on pizza and beer, it can be really hard to resist joining in.
But if the two of you are on this journey together, it becomes so much easier to inspire and support one another whenever one of you is struggling or dealing with cravings. Acting as each others cheerleaders, you can help your partner push past those moments of weakness – and can inspire each other to stick to the plan and continue working towards improved health and fitness.
It’s no secret that men tend to lose weight at a quicker rate than women, which is exactly why you shouldn’t make this goal to jointly get in shape into a competition. Don’t start comparing numbers and gloating about progress. Instead, support one another in the individual leaps you make – and remember that you are both different. Even if you are following the same diet and exercise plan, it is totally possible that you will see different results. And that’s okay. All that really matters is that you are doing this together, each supporting your partner in being as successful as they can possibly be.
Function as teammates, not as competition.
Enhance Your Together Time
The real beauty in deciding to get into shape as a pair is all the opportunities that decision will open up for you to spend quality time together as a couple. You might be surprised to find how much more time you spend talking when out for a hike as a pair, as opposed to sitting at home and watching your favorite show together. And there is a lot of fun to be had by joining a co-ed sports team together and setting aside one night a week to play and work towards another joint goal.
Again, if you’re not looking at this as a competition, there is no reason why the two of you can’t make plans to get active together – and to increase your bond in the process. Plus, working up a sweat as a pair can increase endorphins and lead to more fun in the bedroom later – which is also a good calorie burner, for the record.
So as the wedding approaches, make getting into shape something you are going to work on together. That way, you can both be the best versions of yourselves when the big day finally arrives!
My favorite workouts to do together? Beachbody workouts at home of course! People rarely actually follow the instructions & schedule to the letter INCLUDING the nutrition guide. Too bad, because people who actually follow the guide as planned almost always find success! Have fun and help each other succeed!