If you're like most people, you made a New Year's Resolution to get in shape. And if you're also like most people, you've already broken it. But hey, even two weeks of trying to be healthy is good, right?
Rather than succumb to inevitable winter weight gain, it's high time you did something about it. Having a personal trainer is a fantastic way to stay motivated and get fit. But seriously, who has the time and the extra bank account for that one?
The thing is, you have a fitness buddy right there at home. Your spouse! Not only is getting in shape with your spouse a fun activity that you can share, but it can really work to keep you both motivated. I'm not talking about having the two of you joining a gym and running off to do your own things. I mean getting together and supporting each other on a daily basis to improve each other's health.
It's not as tough as you think and you may soon find yourself actually enjoying it. Here's a look at 8 Ways to Stay Healthy With Your Spouse This Winter:
Be a Loser - My brother-in-law is on the P90X kick and looks fantastic. No way I could handle 60-90 minutes a day of insane workouts. But The Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels has a similar intense workout called Body Revolution that's only 30 minutes a day. So my wife and I sweat our butts off and nearly puke on a regular basis. Talk about romantic.
Get Cooking - It's so easy to just cave and order pizza or Chinese take-out when you're tired. But having a partner there to inspire and help you cook healthy meals goes a long way. Try to map out a week's worth of meals at a time to make it even easier.
Yo, Yo, Yoga! - Guys, drop the macho act. Some NFL players actually take ballet! So the least you can do is join your wife for some yoga. Get yourself a good Yoga DVD, stretch out in front of the TV and breathe. Even kids can join in on it if they'd like. Just be warned, you'll be surprised at how strenuous it can be standing completely still.
She'll Be Comin 'Round the Mountain - Skiing is another great way to spend time with the one you love. Again, you can even bring your kids along. Spend a day (or a long weekend) going up and down a mountain and you'll most definitely feel it in your muscles the next morning!
Walk it Off - If it's not too cold out, head around the neighborhood for a brisk walk. If your kids go to religious school on the weekends, that's the perfect time for you and your significant other to head outdoors for some fresh air and exercise!
Ice, Ice, Baby - If it was good enough for Rocky Balboa's first date, it's good enough for you and your hubby. Ice skating can make for a great date night, but it can also make for some good exercise.
Get a Leg Up - Dance your little fanny off! Whether you hit a local club, take a dance class, play Just Dance on the Wii or crash numerous weddings, just get down with your man and your funky self!
Dancing in the Sheets - Believe it or not, but sex is a great way to stay in shape. It burns calories, gets your heart racing, and... well... puts a smile on everyone's face. So get busy already!
How do you work out with your husband?
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