BY LAUREN SEPHTON
Life after the wedding means back to the normal work schedules and daily routines; however, you’ve just enhanced your fitness goals by marrying your best motivator.
Fun fact: Indiana University’s Department of Kinesiology conducted a survey that resulted in a 43% dropout rate over the course of a year among couples that worked out separately versus a 6.3% dropout rate among couples that stayed fit together.
Let the Steam Out
If you are one of those couples that is self-motivated and prefer to work out separately, then hit up the sauna at the end of your next gym session together. It is a good time to catch up after a busy day as you sweat out the toxins in your body. Whether you prefer infrared saunas or traditional saunas, they’ve been known to improve sleep quality, be an effective stress reliever, detoxify your body, relieve sore muscles and improve circulation.
Smartphone & Social Media Detox
Take out a little time each week to detox yourselves from any smart devices or, at least, from social media. Take a stroll through your neighborhood, head out on an adventure that’ll create lifelong memories or try out a new dinner spot that you’ve had your eyes on. Use this time to discuss your future plans and/or goals, catch up from the busy week or simply just live in the moment together.
Keeping Each Other on Track
Do you ever find yourself falling into the endless hole of empty snack wrappers on your bedside table late at night? Well, it becomes much easier to implement a healthier lifestyle when you have a partner to keep you on track towards your goals. Plan out your meals together, your goal(s) for the year and what steps you need to take to reach that goal. Encourage, uplift and hold each other accountable to those personal goals. Similarly, inspire each other to make healthier choices, such as an apple at night versus that bag of buttery popcorn.
Try New Classes Together
Often times, you may get the jitters walking into a workout class or new gym for the first time. Beat those jitters by bringing along your best friend to try out a new cycling class, HIIT workout, yoga class, or have fun as you make up your own workout as you go! Walk into the class and/or gym with no expectations, remembering that each person has his or her own fitness level and abilities. Learn to enjoy the workout at your own pace, and laugh when you’re out of breath. This is a good time to work on your communication skills, as you encourage each other to become stronger mentally and physically.
Track Your Activity
For those light-hearted and competitive personalities, try turning your fitness goals into a challenging game by tracking your activity. Maybe go for a casual run this weekend, then have a sprinting challenge in the last little portion. Whatever metric you choose to compare, it’s a fantastic way to keep each other accountable, while encouraging the other to push past his or her limits.
Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule
In today’s culture, there is often a mentality that we’ll “sleep when we are dead.” However, quality sleep is a defining measure in our learning, memory, immunity, brain health and metabolic health. Irregular sleep can increase risk for dementia, diabetes and heart disease. With that said, maybe try having a few date nights that involve an early movie in bed. Or, simply reschedule your week to incorporate at least eight hours of quality sleep each night.
Living a sustainable life together is not only good for your own health, but for the long-term health of your relationship with one another. Follow these simple wellness and fitness trends as a couple to live your life to its fullest.