Getting Your Partner on Board with Your Fitness Plan
Making the decision to live a healthy lifestyle is the first step toward a healthier and happier you. One way to help ensure your success is to earn the support and assistance of your spouse or partner. Whether you are continuing an ongoing weight loss journey or just starting to get in shape, being able to count on their encouragement and understanding along the way can pick you up during the hard times and help you over any little speed bumps along the way.
Get your partner’s buy-in
Although your spouse wants you to succeed, he or she might feel thrown off by changes you’re making for yourself and your family. For example, the time you’re spending at Curves might take you away from home more often. Or perhaps you changed your Wednesday night “pizza and a movie” to healthy salad and a long walk to better align with your healthy eating plan. To help ease the stress of change, get your partner involved in making the new choices. Ask him or her if they’d rather have grilled salmon or lemon chicken for dinner, and if they’d like to go with you on a nice walk after dinner.
Work together as a team
One way to get your spouse involved is to find a healthy activity that you can both enjoy together. This takes the focus off you and encourages weight loss motivation and mutual support. Here are some ideas that can get you both working towards a healthier lifestyle:
Work together to prepare meals
Even if your partner doesn’t cook, he or she can help prep by gathering ingredients, chopping veggies, stirring sauces, etc. Food always tastes better when you cook it yourself, especially when you know it’s part of a healthy eating plan. Browse our Curves recipes for ideas.
Encourage your partner to be a part of your workout plan
You can get healthier at the same time as your spouse or partner without actually doing the same workout! Encourage your spouse to exercise at the same time of day that you do your full body workout at Curves. This will leave more time together. Plus, you will have both accomplished a workout simultaneously!
Get active together
When you’re not engaging in your whole body workout at Curves, one way to enjoy the benefits of exercise together with your spouse or partner is by making a commitment to a sports league that meets once a week. Tennis, golf, even bowling all have leagues where couples can be active together in a fun and competitive way. Or, sign up for a 5K to walk together for a cause you both support.
Share your rewards with your partner
As you progress through your fitness relationship goals, you’ll likely reward yourself at certain benchmarks along the way to boost weight loss motivation. When you do, share some of those rewards with your spouse. Perhaps you can go golfing on a special course or go to dinner at that new seafood restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. What you do or how much you spend isn’t as important as sharing the experience with your partner.
Getting into shape and living a healthy lifestyle will be much more pleasant and rewarding if your spouse is there to give you the weight loss motivation and support you deserve. Getting their buy-in, working as a team, and sharing your rewards can help ensure your long-term success.
To find out more about how you can make informed lifestyle and health choices, visit our blog under the ‘Live’ category! You can also learn more about how the ‘Curves Circuit’ can benefit your lifestyle here.