Wellness Wednesday: Couples Who Train Together, Explore New Activities
You have probably experienced this at one point or another in your life.
You know, that time you created a new health and fitness goal and were determined to see it through. Then, you experienced particular days when you got home from work and needed to spend time with your significant other.
Why not try this solution? Couples training.
It has been almost one year since I started my personal training business. My first client was (and still is) a good friend who wanted to do just as any male desires - to get stronger. During this time, I was only conducting sessions at the individual’s home or meeting them outdoors at a local park or track.
In this instance, we met bright and early to conduct our workouts at the track in Ludlow. After several months of positive results, he brought up the idea of trying to involve his significant other. He was determined to have her join our training sessions.
Let’s just say that by the end of the summer in 2014, “Project: Couples Training” was underway. Since then, they have not only continued to work with me, but I have had the opportunity to observe them session-after-session as they push one another in different ways to be their best selves. Not only have they grown individually, but their relationship has a greater bond as well.
To this very day, when asking Eric about couples training, who owns Cincinnati Handyman Services in Ludlow, his response was just as genuine as Day 1. He stated that it gave him and his wife the opportunity to spend time together before they got their day started. That time being spent working out solo in previous months, soon became “us” time.
In essence, the abovementioned example is just one of the many benefits to couples training.
Most individuals take part in exercise in order to look, feel, and function better. Well, why not do that as a couple? When you have such a partner as a “workout buddy, you are motivated to work harder and stick with an exercise regimen. This means that you have created a social support system for one another.
Sure, your goals may be slightly different. However, with use of a quality personal trainer or certified strength and conditioning coach, a program can be designed to achieve both goals at the same time.
For my wife and I, motivation is found within one another. When we went on our honeymoon in Italy, the only available time for us to workout was in the morning just before the temperatures reached the high 90’s (and even 100) degrees.
Though it was our honeymoon and all we wanted to do was sleep in, we motivated one another to get out of bed when the alarm went off in order to get our day started.
Not only do couples create such motivation for one another, but they form a sense of accountability and adherence. This is important on those days when more mental or physical energy is needed. All while still creating “us” time.
Getting fit together doesn’t just mean going to the gym though. Getting fit with your significant other provides you with the opportunity to explore new activities. In doing so, you become closer and you get the results you long desired by eliminating those nights of just sitting on the couch and staring at the television. Instead, grab dinner at one of the local restaurants in Northern Kentucky and then go for a nice long walk afterward.
Why not even go for a couples walk or run in the early morning? You can then reward yourselves with coffee at The Folk School Coffee Parlor which is also located in Ludlow.
If it wasn’t for my wife, I probably would have never tried yoga, which is truly beneficial to improve mobility, just as she probably would have never tried lifting a weight or running a 5k, 10k, or even a half-marathon after seeing me complete my first Cincinnati Flying Pig Full Marathon. In addition, we have since gotten into hiking, cycling, and have even purchased kayaks.
When couples take part in a healthier and fitter lifestyle, such variety as shown above is created. As time goes on, new habits are instilled. Not only do couples who want to live a fitter lifestyle explore new activities, but they also choose healthier food options as well.
Lastly, let’s not forget that you will also develop the benefits of working out as well. Such benefits include:
- Helps decrease and prevent chances of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, depression and anxiety, and so forth.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increase HDL (good cholesterol) and decreases LDL (bad cholesesterol)
- Improves lung capacity
- Improves sleep
- Boosts energy
- Weight control by decreasing fat mass and increasing lean mass
- Improves cognition
- Reduces chances of falling
- And, for the athletes out there, improved performance
Joshua Reed is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is the owner of Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training. He currently operates a small space in Ludlow, Kentucky and travels to see clients in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. He offers both personal, online, and small group training from his location, the client’s home, and/or outdoors. He is a 2012 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Fitness and Wellness Management. Joshua currently attends the University of Kentucky, where he is earning a Master’s degree in Biomechanics with a concentration in running mechanics and injury prevention. You can reach Joshua via e-mail at [email protected] or on Facebook.