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Getting Healthy With Your Partner In Five Easy Steps

Getting Healthy With Your Partner In Five Easy Steps

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Getting healthier is a difficult thing to do, particularly this time of year when life is hectic. Over the winter it’s hard to force yourself outside to do exercise and to eat healthy foods: because you tend to be a little miserable because of the bad weather, it’s harder to make yourself do things that might not necessarily be comfortable. But long term, it’s a great idea to ensure that you use the winter as an opportunity to eat well and stay fit – and doing this as a team with your partner can help strengthen your relationship. Read on for tips on how exactly to do it…

Make Goals Together

First of all, make sure that you’ve carefully discussed your situation together. If you don’t share fitness goals, it might not be a good idea to do it together, as you might clash and it could cause problems in your relationship. But if you both want to get lean and trim and strong, or if you both want to eat less sugar in your diet, you can absolutely do this together. Just make sure you keep communicating well.

Quit Smoking

Is it better for both of you to be in bad moods, rather than just one of you? Very possibly, so it’s a good idea if you decide to quit smoking at the same time to lessen the amount of time that you’ll spend at odds with each other. Quitting smoking can be a very challenging thing to do. Not only can quitting cause physical side effects like nausea and heartburn, it can also cause depression and irritability, so if you’re quitting smoking at the same time, remember to be gentle to each other and to cut each other plenty of slack over this time. If you find yourself becoming upset or frustrated, take a deep breath, count to ten, and try to get calmer instead of blowing up at your partner – chances are, they’ll be feeling just on edge! If you’re having problems quitting, try e-cigarettes with vivid liquids, or maybe even nicotine gum or patches.

Eat Healthier

Christmas is coming up soon and as such it’s going to be difficult to start eating healthily over the next couple of months. Of course, allow yourself Christmas and Thanksgiving as cheat days – but other than that, you can definitely improve your diet, which will in turn improve your overall health. Try to replace the artificial sugars in your diet with honey instead, and start drinking fewer carbonated beverages. Too much sugar can have a very negative effect on your mood and can also lead to tooth decay, which can be painful and often expensive to treat. You should also try to make as much of your food as you can from scratch instead of buying jarred sauces like pasta sauce, pesto and salad dressing. Instead consider making your own salad dressing out of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Cooking together is both healthy and fun – take it in turns to pick recipes online that you can try out together. You should also do your best to start drinking less alcohol – this is basically empty calories that you just don’t need!

Get Some Exercise

Exercising with your partner is a whole lot more fun than exercising by yourself. Having someone else cheering you on will motivate you in the gym – and even before that, it’ll motivate you to leave the house in the evenings to go to the gym! Make a great motivational playlist to sing along to in the car beforehand, and pick out some activities that you can do together, like a team sport or a yoga class. Even though the weather will be cold, you could carve out time at the weekends to go for walks or on hikes together. Not only will this help keep you fit and potentially improve any back pain that you might have from sitting at a desk during the week, but it will also give you plenty of time to talk to each other. If you have a dog and one of you tends to walk it at certain times, go together! Again, this will be valuable time for you to spend together as a family.

Support Each Other

The most important thing you can do to get and stay healthy is to support each other. Remember that it isn’t a competition. Everyone has different metabolisms and if you’re both trying to drop some weight but one of you can’t shift the pounds, be as tactful and sensitive about it as you can. Make sure that you remain positive and encouraging with each other, and you’ll be both healthier and happier.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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