Jogging can give partners time together as they keep in shape.
If you struggle with the motivation to exercise alone, a simple remedy is finding an exercise partner. You don't always have to look far to find an exercise-minded individual; perhaps this person lives under the same roof as you. Exercising with your spouse gives you the opportunity to spend a chunk of each day together, even if you lead busy lives. Regular exercise has a series of health benefits, and remember the old adage: The couple that plays together stays together.
Exercises at Home
If you and your spouse are homebodies, don't feel you have to visit a gym to keep in shape together. Working out at home has several perks, and if you've got enough room, push your furniture aside and convert your living room to a dance or calisthenics studio. Dancing to fast music and performing simple calisthenics such as jumping jacks and crunches can help you burn calories and build your muscles without stepping foot out the door. If you enjoy fresh-air workouts, lace up your running shoes and go for a jog together or try cycling or inline skating.
You might have played competitive sports when you were younger but, as an adult, recreational sports are an ideal way for you and your spouse to keep active and healthy. Many cities have numerous co-ed sports leagues for people of all abilities. Look for common ground -- perhaps you both played high school basketball -- or get adventurous and find a sport new to both of you. Ideas to consider include softball, flag football, volleyball or joining an orienteering club.
At the gym, you and your spouse can have fun keeping in shape in several ways. Strength training is an essential part of a gym workout and you can play spotter for each other and encourage one another to reach your personal bests. To lose weight, grab adjacent treadmills and go for a jog. Check your gym's programming calendar and take a step aerobics class to burn calories and get your heart pumping or work on promoting flexibility through a yoga class. If possible, look for partner yoga, in which you rely on your partner to accomplish each pose.
Partner Workout Benefits
Being exercise partners with your spouse is convenient and beneficial. Instead of having to carpool to the gym with your neighbor, for example, you and your spouse are already together. A workout partner can push you to reach your personal best and the emotional benefits of being active can positively impact any relationship. MayoClinic.com notes being active reduces your stress and can even help you deal with depression. If you've had a stressful day, get exercising with your spouse instead of sitting around feeling grumpy.