Have you been wanting to get fit with your spouse? There is no better time to start than right now! Not only will exercising as a couple improve your health, but it will also help you set goals, practice teamwork, and improve the quality of your relationship.
Exercising with your spouse is about so much more than sculpting your abs or running three miles on the treadmill. It’s about forging a strong bond with your partner. Do not neglect emotional exercises you can share with your spouse, like taking an online marriage course or taking the time to get to know them with questions.
We want your marriage to be in tip-top shape. That’s why we’re looking at 5 different kinds of exercise, emotional and physical, that you can do to keep your marriage strong and healthy.
1. Getting your gym on
Cardio is a great way to get your exercise in. Cardio has been shown to increase energy levels and bone density. It also helps increase HDL (or good cholesterol), improve breathing, cardiovascular health, your metabolism, endurance, and improve your sleeping habits.
Not to mention the ability to help you shed unnecessary weight and tone your body.
The list for cardio’s benefits is endless. You can get your cardio in with your spouse by going for a run, buying exercise machines such as ellipticals or treadmills, playing sports, and swimming, just to name a few options.
Strength training is another great way to stay fit and healthy. Training with weights (or by doing at-home, equipment-free strength training) decreases body fat, tones your muscles, and strengthens your ligaments and joints.
2. Practicing yoga for reduced stress
Stress affects the body and mind. It can lower your libido, lead to over or under-eating, and contributes to other serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. As if this were not bad enough, stress can also play a large role in an unhealthy marriage.
When you are under stress you are more likely to snap at your spouse and take your anxiety out on them.
The good news is, stress does not have to be a permanent fixture in your lives!
In a study regarding the effect of yoga on stress and depression in women, the International Journal of Preventive Medicine found that practicing yoga three times a week for 60-minute sessions showed a significant reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression.
Further research shows that couples experience a spike in happiness and a dip in stress and anxiety when spending quality time together. Thus, exercising as a couple gives you twice the fight against stress-related harmful effects on your life.
3. Take an online marriage course
Staying healthy as a couple means devoting time and energy to one another – not only in physical exercise but mental exercise, too.
One way you can practice “Exercising” your relationship is through online marriage courses. Not only are these guaranteed to strengthen your marriage, but since they’re online, you can do them from the privacy of your own home.
4. Question exercises
One great way to strengthen your relationship with your spouse is by asking them questions. Yes, even if you’ve been together for 10 years, asking the most basic questions about your partner can improve your connection. You may even learn something new!
Some great examples of questions to ask your spouse include:
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Do you want children? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite food?
- What was your favorite family vacation?
- If money was no object, where would you live/travel/what would you do for a living?
- What makes you really happy?
- Who was your best friend growing up?
- What is your favorite show/movie/book/video game?
- Who are you closer to, your mom/dad/siblings/other relatives?
Studies show that staying curious about your partner is actually beneficial for your relationship. It helps boost marital excitement and strengthen your connection to your spouse.
You can make these questions as naughty, serious, silly, or sweet as you like. The point of this game is simply to exercise your minds and expand your knowledge of one another.
5. Not a fan of the gym? Try sexercise
Alright, so according to the PLOS ONE Journal, men burn an average of only 100 calories during the average sex session. Women come in not far behind at 69 calories burned.
While this won’t be sculpting your abs anytime soon, we’d argue that it’s still a pretty worthwhile exercise.
Why? For a start, the number of calories burned was determined by an average sex session of 25 minutes. So the longer you go and the more physically challenging your positions are, the more calories you will burn.
Sexercise may not burn that many calories, but it is still sculpting your body (and booty!) in ways that only strength training can. This still helps tone your body, regardless of the calories you are burning.
Your online marriage course will tell you about the importance of developing intimacy with your spouse and studies show that not only does sex promote bonding, but it also boosts marital satisfaction.
Cardio and strength training are great ways to help you and your spouse fit and healthy. They will also boost your self-esteem and make you feel sexier in your marriage. Taking an online marriage course is another great way to deepen your connection and keep your marriage “healthy” and fit for years to come.
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