Ah, when you were single…you had a fixed routine of getting up, working out, making meals for yourself and getting to bed early for a good night sleep. The good old days…
Then you met someone, started eating out, drinking more, exercising less and before you knew it, the pounds crept up and settled in.
What happened to encouraging and inspiring one another to be more fit and healthy? How did you let their bad habits become yours? When did every Friday become pizza night rather than your favourite fitness class?
We all have the best intentions in relationships but the fact is, oftentimes couples enable each other’s bad habits and fall into a rut.
The good news is there are easy steps you can take to get back on track and become a stronger couple in many ways!
If your partner seems unsupportive when it comes to your health, it’s important to have an honest conversation and get to the bottom of why. Sometimes partners can feel threatened or jealous when you have a life outside of them. If they resent you for having fun without them, the easiest solution is to invite them along! Find a couple of activities that you both enjoy and sweat it out together.
When it comes to cooking and eating healthy, you can build a real closeness by cooking together or trying new restaurants together rather than defaulting to their favourite spot or yours.
Sometimes, as much as we want our partners to be as interested in everything that’s important to us, it just doesn’t work out that way…pardon the pun.
If you love getting up early, hitting the gym and starting your day with a nutritious breakfast and your partner prefers to sleep in and skip eating until noon, don’t give in to that.
Stand up for yourself. Get up, get ready and hit the road, without criticizing them for not having the same routine. The best way to inspire someone is through your actions not accusations. Be honest with your partner and let them know that your health and theirs is a top priority because you want to live the best life together. Always ask if they want to join you or if they have anything that they would like you to support.
Relationships should be holistically healthy. If you find yourself in a destructive, relationship or one that’s causing chronic stress that is limiting your body from building, remind yourself you don’t have to be.
Make sure you’re with someone who fits you! Or at least lets you be the healthiest you possible!