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Personal Fitness Partner: How to Improve Your Fitness as a Couple
There are some couples who do everything together — whether they intend to or not. And that includes gaining weight and losing muscle.
And with recent lockdown restrictions, more couples than ever are falling into the weight-gain trap. So, for many of us, it’s time to break the cycle. It’s time to turn off the television, put down the popcorn and get serious about fitness as a couple.
The good news is that you have built-in moral support. Being part of a pair, you can be there to encourage one another when times get tough.
But encouragement alone isn’t going to blast those extra pounds.
Instead, follow these tips to help improve your fitness as a couple.
Try intermittent fasting together
Intermittent fasting is the act of fasting for 16 hours or more each day. It’s easier than it sounds because you’re probably asleep for half of the time. And while you are fasting, you’re allowing your body to naturally detox without having to process extra chemicals or toxins from your food or drink.
In the absence of carbohydrates, your body will also be burning your body fat instead of using food for fuel. But as amazing as that may sound, understand that intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. If you have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, intermittent fasting may not be your solution. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about diet or health.
Consider a meal plan
Nutrition is one of the most important components of any fitness plan, and it can also be the most challenging. If you’re struggling to eat right, consider trying a meal plan that’s designed with your health and fitness goals in mind.
Not every service is going to focus on health and fitness, but there are some that do. Consider trying Purple Carrot, Keto Fridge or BistroMD. Within one of these services, you should be able to customize a plan that suits your needs.
Commit to a schedule
One of the major reasons people fall off the exercise bandwagon is because they struggle to find the time. And this can be even more difficult for a couple who wants to work out together. But even with the tightest schedules, there’s usually room for exercise somewhere.
Consider waking up earlier to fit in a workout together. Or maybe you can go for a walk after work. Even if you can’t find the time to work out together, you can find some time to work out on your own. Just be sure to hold each other accountable for the workout.
Kick bad habits
There are some bad habits that are not only bad for your health, but they are insanely detrimental to your fitness goals. Smoking is one of those habits. If you’re a smoker, it’s time to stop. You and your partner can come up with a plan to beat nicotine addiction together.
This is a very individual process and what works for one person may not work for another. So remain flexible and ready to try different things. But remain steadfast in your goal to stop smoking. The same holds true for other bad habits like drinking alcohol or eating sweets.
If you’re looking to improve your fitness levels, rely on your partner to help motivate you and keep you on track. Getting back on the fitness track is never easy, but it’s always a worthwhile goal. And it’s slightly easier when you have a partner who is willing and able to walk the walk alongside you. Just take it day by day and you’ll reach the other side ready to celebrate together.
Guest Author Bio: Emily Walters is an accomplished content writer who’s comfortable writing on an array of topics, from business, healthcare, and technology to travel, culinary, education and even fashion & lifestyle. Working for many different clients at the same time has polished her research abilities and organizational skills. Emily is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and lives in San Diego where she enjoys yoga, cycle classes, and cooking healthy, vegan meals.
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