People are sensitive when it comes to fitness and body image, and just because you’re married doesn’t mean you’re immune to that sensitivity. That’s why it crucial to be open and kind when talking about fitness with your significant other. Calling them a couch potato who needs to eat less take-out will only create an uncomfortable environment and a very defensive loved one! Here are some tips to use while engaging in a conversation with your spouse about fitness.
The single most important thing to remember is to be supportive, getting in shape and staying in shape takes a lot of work. It’s astonishing how much help a supportive partner can be and how detrimental an un-supportive partner can be. Make it clear to your partner that you love them no matter what, and you want them to be the best they can possibly be.
It’s also important to remember to celebrate the small victories as well as the large ones. Did your spouse hit their goal weight? Did they go a day without eating chocolate? Big or small, show how excited you are for them. This can vary from a high five, to a celebratory vacation!
Thirdly, be a team, no matter how hard that may seem, Treat your partner with respect and encouragement, and without judgment. Working together you will get much more accomplished than if you are working separately.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to push each other. Chances are on any given day one of you is going to be feeling lazy. Be the motivation when your partner doesn’t feel motivated. Using these tips you’ll be able to create a safe and positive environment and you’ll both be able to improve your fitness.