Do you want your family to be healthy? Do you want to feel good? Do you want a sexy spouse?
Two weeks ago, I got to marry the love of my life. We dated for six years through high school and college before taking a 10-year break that ended when we realized we had wasted way too much time being apart. Amy and I are both so thankful for the way things turned out and that we are surrounded by an excellent group of friends, family and kids. We’re also grateful that we share a common love: fitness.
We use the approach that can be employed in many aspects of life: The family that exercises together, stays together.
Many people have reservations about working out with their significant other. Women don’t want to get bulky by lifting too many weights. Guys don’t want to get too small and look dorky by doing all that cardio and kicking their legs around in those goofy classes. But those are needless fears because at the end of the day, if you do anything, whether it’s lifting or cardio, you’re doing great. If you do it together, as a couple, you’re doing even better. Get your kids involved and it’s a home run.
Keep It Fun
A competitive relationship is good for some but not most. It definitely depends on the personalities with which you’re working. A lot of people deal with a constant competitiveness at work every day and don’t want to carry that same behavior home with them.
Set Shared Goals
If you set fitness goals with friends at work why not set them with your family? You’re at work 33 percent of the time and with your family the rest.
Walk 30 minutes, three times a week as a family, for one month. You will be amazed at what you learn about your kids, their friends and your spouse’s work experiences.
Do 10 pushups, 10 sit-ups and 10 squats during commercial breaks on Mondays and Wednesdays. Be careful if you haven’t been doing anything up to this point. Start with two to five of each. You’ll be amazed at how sore you can get from a one-hour sitcom.
Have one outdoor game night per week. Set aside an hour for a couple different games: freeze tag, hide ‘n’ seek, a water gun or balloon fight. It will be so much fun, you’ll forget you’re exercising.
Don’t forget, you are your significant other’s biggest cheerleader. Don’t forget to offer up encouragement to him or her and the kids, too. Just reserve a bit of private time for the well-earned rewards.
Bert Kremer is co-owner of ProFormance Fitness, 2041-A River Road. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Louisville in exercise physiology with a double minor in health and wellness, and marketing.