Spending active time together can be fun, improve your fitness, and keep your friendship alive.
Some ideas include:
It's commonly believed that couples who "play together–stay together." But remember spending leisure time together and having a satisfying relationship isn't always clearly connected. If your tennis game is interrupted by comments such as, "That's not the way to hold the racquet, you idiot!" or hostile glares as missed balls are being chased, it might be best to find a new activity. To be fun–the activity should be something you both enjoy and want to do together.
Caring for a young child takes a lot of time. As a parent you may find you have less time to "do your own thing." That may include time to be physically active. Going out for a run or joining in a ball game may be difficult without planning ahead.
There are good reasons to keep physical activity in your life. Regular physical activity increases fitness, can help you look and feel better and live longer. With some planning you can keep active and still be a good parent, partner, and worker.
If time alone to exercise helps you unwind, test out exercise equipment you can use at home. Another option is to take turns caring for baby while you and your partner work out. You may discover that some time alone will make your time together more fun.
Maybe you prefer to combine social and physical activities. As a parent, you may find you have new opportunities to connect with others while being active. Taking your baby on a walk or bike ride gives you time together and beats strapping on weights for a better workout. If your partner prefers running and you don't, try cycling at a slower pace and all go together. Turn up the music and dance. Join other parents in an exercise or walking group. Involve friends, neighbors or family in caring for the baby while you and your partner participate in group activities. You may find you aren't as physically challenged, but the social connections may be as good for your health as the extra exercise.
Remind me that stretch marks aren't ugly, but are instead visible proof that I brought three perfect lives into the world. --Tracy
From How to Be the Almost Perfect Husband compiled by J.S.Salt.
According to John Gottman, leading marriage researcher, "people who stay married live four years longer than people who don't".
A good marriage benefits your health and longevity and it appears to boost your immune system. Physical fitness improves your health, but Gottman suggests couples who spend twenty minutes a day working on their marriage instead of their bodies would get three times the health benefits they derive from using exercise equipment. Multiply your benefits by working on fitness and your marriage.
For more information: Check your library for The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work written by John Gottman.
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
Want to add activity to your lifestyle and stick with it? The key is finding something that you enjoy that also fits your bank account and busy schedule.
Having your own equipment for home workouts may make it easier to stay motivated. It's convenient, and you can workout in the privacy of your own home.
Buying fitness equipment can be pricey. It also takes motivation to use it. Before you buy, ask yourself the following questions:
You can often get a good deal on a piece of fitness equipment from a second-hand store, a consignment shop, a yard sale, or the classified section in your local newspaper. But buy wisely. Items bought second hand usually aren't returnable and don't have the warranties of new equipment.