Hold Each Other Accountable

This is about the time when the gym finally begins to empty out as the weather gets colder and New Year’s resolutions take the back burner to all the other things you’d rather be doing with your numbered hours in the day. However, I’d be lying if I told you this made me terribly sad, because let’s face it, now I won’t have to wait for a cardio machine at the gym anymore. But I also know that I can be persuaded into skipping a weekend workout to cuddle by the fire watching movies with my loved one. Don’t do it! Don’t give twisted souls like myself the guilty pleasure of an empty gym or ease our fears of not getting a spot in our favorite workout class! Rather than letting your loved ones be a bad influence during this cold winter season, use them to motivate you. Don’t let them tempt you with a blanket, hot chocolate, and a movie no matter how amazing a lazy day may sound.  Get up and do something with him or her! Not only will you still be getting to spend time with each other, but you’ll also be in a better mood, getting in shape together, and you’ll be more productive the rest of the day so you can still enjoy that relaxing time together at night.

If the thought of working out with your significant other has you cringing, then you’re probably with the wrong partner. Whether it’s because you would never be caught dead working out with them or because they simply won’t work out, I’m sorry. I realize you can’t do every workout with your mate; I can’t spot my boyfriend on a bench press that weighs more than I do, and I would never expect him to do my “Brazil Butt Lift” DVDs with me. Plus, I love my workouts, and they serve as much needed “me time”. However, there are things you can do together such as go on a bike ride or attend a boot camp class like the cardio tennis class I recently started bringing my boyfriend to. Some other great options which have a bit of a social aspect to them would be joining a coed softball or soccer league, training for a big race, or signing up for a weekly group class in anything from swimming to boxing.

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I’m pretty lucky. Not only is my significant other a great guy on all levels, but he also loves to live a healthy lifestyle. So when I tell him that I’ve signed us up for cardio tennis on Saturday morning, rather than grumbling about not getting to sit on the couch with a beer (or whatever it is that guys do on the weekends) he tells me that it sounds fun. Does this ruin the Saturday? No! If anything it makes it that much better because we’re energized, in good moods with endorphins flowing, and more productive the rest of the day. It also makes cuddling up together that much more enjoyable at the end of the day because we’ve earned some downtime and that glass of wine. Plus engaging in those types of activities together makes you a stronger couple.

You should want to live a happy, healthy life and I can’t think of a better way to accomplish that than by being good influences for each other. I’m sure you have a long list of dream vacations and activities that you’ve talked about experiencing, so you obviously want to be healthy and live long enough to do them all (not to mention look good in a swim suit just in case any of those things happens to require one!). In addition to working out together or at the same time but at separate locations, be positive influences for each other when it comes to diet too. Again, I am lucky in this department with my man because I can be extra difficult when it comes to eating with my gluten and dairy intolerances, but he doesn’t mind staying in and cooking with me. Making your own meals is not only healthier than going out, but it is way cheaper too. The biggest bonus is sharing that extra time with your mate, and cooking together is really fun.

So this cold season, when it’s so easy for fall off the healthy wagon, hold your loved one… accountable! Be each other’s best friend, best motivator, and best partner; get moving together!

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