A year ago my husband surprised me by announcing he was joining the gym. I had already been a member for two years and occasionally would ask him if he wanted to join me, but his answer was always,”no!” So as you can imagine, this announcement took me by complete surprise but I was pretty happy.
Not only would we be able to workout together but he may also start to understand the satisfaction I received by exercising. I clearly remember his first week. It was a matter of just getting to know how to use the various machines and such. He had very little soreness but I did not expect him to be sore. He has a pretty physical lifestyle. What did shock him was his stamina when it came to cardio. He slowly had to work his way up but he did it and reaped the benefits quickly.
I cannot tell you how fun it has been to workout as a couple. It’s great to have someone to chat with while working out, we motivate each other and offer support to each other when one of us is just ready to say skip it for today. I often feel we both have a sense of obligation to each other and that keeps us accountable to sticking with our planned workouts.
As for the physical benefits, he is still as strong as ever, but is not as tired as he used to be after a full day. Exercise has given him the extra energy he was lacking along with a much better sleep pattern.
Now if only I could convince him that working out in the morning hours is really a great way to start the day. Hmmmm, I think this may take some work on my part.
Do you prefer to workout solo or with someone?
Hey everyone how’s it going? Are you still moving? Did you decide to participate in the get up and move challenge?
We are so in summer mode here at our house that 30 minutes of active movement is never an issue. Even though my gym time has been cut way back from what I do in the winter months, I know I am burning more calories now. My days are packed with outside play with all my daycare children and my nights are packed with anything and everything you can think of. I really try and make it to the gym at least twice a week and the remaining nights we walk, play disc golf, or hike.
Our weekends are spent mainly paddling either our kayaks or my SUP. Two totally different animals but both are great workouts. My SUP offers me a full body (especially a core) workout where kayaking for me is mostly upper body. Once in a great while I will squeeze in some time at the gym on a Sunday if the sun is not shining or the weather is unfavorable for anything else outside.
Regardless, I still have my home gym workout happening every single day Monday-Friday. I can’t go far during the day when the kids are napping so having a home gym is perfect, all I have to do is go downstairs and it’s right there.
As for my husband, he is also still going to the gym on a much more regular basis than I am. His job is much less physical than mine on most days. He works more with his brain than his body and gets done much earlier than I do. So sometimes he will stop on his way home, workout and still make it home for dinner and then go for a walk or hike with me at night.
Ultimately, we are moving, moving, moving right along.
Tell me what you are finding for active fun in these wonderful summer months.
Have you tried anything new?