Posted on February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day and Beyond: Easy Tips for Getting Fit While Spending Quality Couple Time

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Between changing diapers, carpooling and helping with homework, who has time to spend with their spouse? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, make a commitment to spend meaningful time together, but not just for the one night.

We all know the benefits of exercise and spending time with your spouse – why not combine them?

Here are 5 great reasons to exercise together:

Get healthy together

Remember that part of the wedding ceremony when it’s said, “in sickness and in health?” Why not just focus on the health? Research shows moderate amounts of aerobic exercise such as jogging on the treadmill, taking a brisk walk outside, and indoor cycling during the cold and flu season boost the body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria.

More quality AND quantity time

Quality and quantity are important when it comes to working out. It is also important for your relationship. Think of your workouts as a date and make that time together meaningful. 30 minutes a day is perfect for a workout, catching up on the day and bonding with a shared experience.

Fun and stress relief

Exercise is a wonderful way to relieve stress. Even if you go into a workout angry or stressed, you end feeling good, which translates to being happier with yourself and being happier in your marriage. Try out partner exercises, like passing a medicine ball or burpees with a high-five when you jump, to add a little fun to the mix.

Accountable to each other

“Let me just finish this, I am hungry, I am tired, I am….” fill in the excuse to not workout. It’s hard to skip a workout if you have a partner that’s right there pushing you along. You don’t even need to leave the house to workout. Pick a space, a time and a plan, and make it work!

Model an active lifestyle for your kids

Your children will not only appreciate seeing you being together, but they will learn so much from seeing you exercising together. Children learn by your example. Show them how to have healthy bodies and healthy relationships. And who know… maybe they will even join you!

Work up a sweat

You could buy some chocolates or send some flowers, but why not use this Valentine’s Day to kick off your commitment to each other. And… feel free to get a little sweaty!

Barb Seiden is a personal trainer and swim instructor for people of all ages and abilities. (She even teaches swimming to MY daughter, Lily, and niece, Ava!) She is currently the Aquatic Director at Fanny Chapman Swim Pools in Doylestown, PA where the summer swim program has over 900 swimmers and 60 instructors! When she’s not training or teaching, she loves spending time with her daughters in the car as she drives them to and from all of their fun activities.

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