Gaining weight in a relationship is fairly common. Not only does being in a relationship mean you’re much more likely to be dining out in new restaurants and cooking meals for one another, it also means you slide into that blissful state of contentedness. Contentedness is good, but it also means focusing on staying trim and healthy is less of a priority. Making weight loss a common goal in your relationship gives both you and your partner a shared focus. Not only that, there are plenty of fun ways to work on weight loss as a couple that will enrich your relationship. Here are some ways to incorporate weight loss in your relationship.
Find a Social Fitness Activity
Just because you and your partner want to lose weight doesn’t mean you need to hit up the gym together six days a week. You can find fun and social ways to be active. Most communities have intramural sports and social leagues for games like softball and kickball. They’re great ways to get out of the house and meet new people in a non-competitive and healthy environment. Because you’ll participate in these teams as a couple, it’s much less intimidating to join. You’ll stay active and make new friends at the same time.
Plan Healthy Menus
Cooking together is one of the best parts of being in a relationship. It’s fun to cook for somebody and even more enjoyable to share in the experience together. Since weight loss is a common goal, make it a hobby to create meal plans together. Look for new healthy recipes and try creating them. Make a challenge out of planning meals with new and interesting ingredients. You can track your daily progress based upon your meal plan.
Explore New Places
No matter where you live, there are always new places to explore by foot. Walking is a great way to lose weight. If you live in an urban area, find a new area to explore together. Make a point to walk as much as possible. If you live in a smaller city, make a day trip to a new area or town and see what you can find. You can always go to a park or hiking trail to get some fresh air and fitness time. Exploring by foot not only gives you something new to do, it’s also good for your health.
Hold One Another Accountable
When you’re in a relationship, you can either both strive for something better or both go down together. The beauty of spending so much time with another person is that you have someone to hold you accountable. If you decide to go to the gym together every day after work, you can’t not show up and let your partner down. Likewise, you have someone there encouraging you not to order a dessert after dinner. Holding your partner accountable makes it easier to lose weight because they’ll be doing the same for you.
More than anything, staying positive and focused on your goals will lead to weight loss in your relationship. Positive reinforcement–and having a partner in crime–makes the process feel like less work.