Do you exercise with your partner? I do, and I can honestly say that our time together sweating it out is wonderful (even when I’m grumpy and don’t feel like running or waking up early). We still do our own thing a couple times a week but our runs, body pump classes and spin classes are a fantastic time to not only better ourselves, but to also spend quality time together.
In all honestly, I’m normally I’m a bit of a loner and enjoy working out by myself. I don’t really talk to others, and I enjoy keeping to myself and doing my own thing. I love having my husband as a partner though because he pushes me while running, motivates me while spinning (he always covers way more miles than I do in class and it’s not fair!), and he compliments me during body pump. We have our little routines that I’ve come to love (he brings me a foam mat while setting up at body pump, I bring him a wipe down towel to use on his bike after spin), and I miss him if I have to go to a class alone. This isn’t codependence, we just hold each other accountable and know that if we didn’t work out together we would miss out on hours and hours together each week.
The photos above were taken by my mom on our wedding day. Tom and I ran 8 miles together early in the morning, and it was the perfect way for us to kick off our special day. We were able to get out some nervous energy before we said “I do” and it also allowed us to spend a little quality time together before the craziness of wedding day ramped up.
Now that we have a baby we take turns pushing the jogging stroller. I love that we still have our time together and we don’t let Jack be an excuse to not exercise. I like to think that Jack is already learning how important fitness is because he sees us exercise so often. I’m so glad that our values are in line and I am excited to watch Jack grow and embrace fitness as well. Sometimes it’s hard to get the motivation to work out…believe me, I fight that battle all too often…but having a spouse who is also a workout buddy and cheerleader makes it so much easier to get up the energy and work up a sweat.
If you don’t work out with your partner occasionally I highly recommend giving it a shot. Whether it’s a walk, a run, or a workout class, it will surely help your fitness and it will also add another dimension to your relationship! And this is not just limited to romantic relationships! Some of my favorite memories with my parents and brother are from exercising together!
(Ok so not gonna lie, I drafted this post before Jack was born when Tom and I could still go to classes together. Now we mostly just run together.)