My company requires no further physical fitness programs. Everyone gets enough exercise:
• Jumping to conclusions
• Beating around the bush
• Running down the boss
• Building up themselves
• Going around in circles
• Dragging their feet
• Dodging responsibility
• Passing the buck
• Climbing the wall
• Wading through paperwork
• Pulling strings
• Throwing their weight around
• Stretching the truth
• Bending the rules
• Pushing their luck
• Starting the ball rolling
• Bending over backwards
• Balancing the books
• Jumping on the bandwagon and
• Putting their foot in their mouth
But seriously. . . There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity!
Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.
The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend (or partner), join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.
Source (above): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost 65 percent of Americans are either obese or overweight. Studies have shown that couples who exercise together increase their chances of sticking to their program by a whopping 90 percent.
A partner can help encourage you when you’re feeling like you don’t want to exercise and help keep you focused and motivated when you are struggling. A partner can provide that all important friendly ear when you need to talk or feel like you might slip up. And a partner can persuade you to work out even when you’re not in the mood.
Assess each others fitness level. This is the fun part. Get out the scale, stopwatch, camera and measuring tape to record your starting points. Create a folder or journal to store your stats along with your workout schedule and goals.
Celebrate your successes! Set up rewards for when you reach a goal or milestone. These don’t have to be expensive, but something you have agreed on and are looking forward to. Examples include a massage, or a new workout video. You can get imaginative from there – that’s the fun of working out with your partner – you may be surprised how much closer exercise can bring you!
Recruit an active partner. If you’re single and looking for love, you can better your chances of finding a fitness enthusiast by looking in the right places. The gym might be a good place to begin. 😉
Buddy up. Get fit together. Exercise with your partner, and you’ll stay motivated and focused. Frequent exercise can and will improve your relationship, especially if you commit to do it together! Having the support of a significant other in your fitness efforts will positively impact many areas of your life, not only your relationship.
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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