When it comes to making some positive lifestyle changes, having an ally in your corner is the kind of thing that can go a really long way. Of course, your significant other can be someone who is perfect to that end. The question really comes down to whether or not the both of you are willing to make the commitment together.
You really should consider trying. Getting healthy with your spouse or significant other comes with a range of great benefits. At the same time, you’re getting the pleasure of taking on an exciting, fun new challenge together. Whether you are thinking of asking your partner, or if your partner recently made the request, there are several things you should try to keep in mind.
What Happens When Couples Get Healthy Together
Partners often see differently on the subject of personal health. However, it is well worth sitting down with your partner to discuss the possibility of making some major changes. For one thing, it is going to be easier for both of you to embrace healthier lifestyle choices. There is a fantastic element of encouragement that can come out of working on healthier choices together. This can be even more useful when the couple maintains open, honest communication throughout.
There is also the element of trying new things together. Studies do strongly suggest that couples who are willing to try new things together are generally couples that are happier together. Diet and exercise may not strike you as the most obvious choice to that end, but it can be in no time at all.
You are also taking those first small steps together. When it comes to a diet and exercise plan, experts agree that the smartest thing to do is go slowly in the beginning, particularly if you have never tried a serious diet and exercise plan before. Taking those initial steps with your partner can make things even easier. You can encourage each other, complement each other, and even suggest things to each other. Essential to the health of every couple’s relationship too is sex, and this is a topic not so easy to talk about for some couples, but try – you may find out its easier than you think. Growing a healthy sex life for a couple can be as easy as having a meaningful and frank conversation, or it can require therapy or medical attention.
However, in terms of suggesting things, you are certainly going to want to watch your tone. Do not criticize, and listen to how your partner defines the difference between suggestion and criticism. Communication is essential to this process. The same can be said for honesty. Both of these elements are vital. You may want to consider keeping separate journals, in order to have a place to express your thoughts that is entirely your own.