Over the last 4 years, my family and I have dealt with a lot on the health front. Four years ago, my son was diagnosed with a papilledema, a condition normally associated with a brain or spinal tumor (he did not have one). I had a near death experience due to a heart condition (I made it obviously but if you want the full story you can read it here) and we topped it all off with my wife’s battle with breast cancer, including the treatment, double mastectomy and reconstruction that comes with it (she has been cancer free for 2 years now and you can read her story here). And that is just with those who live under our roof.
When you are confronted with these types of health crises you are forced to look at your health so to say healthy living is a priority with us would be putting it mildly. It is woven through everything we do, everything we eat and in just about every conversation we have – my sons just love that part.
It also has led to a phenomenon we refer to as:
The Sweat Date!!
As we have traveled this road to health, we have begun working out together on a regular basis. My wife and I are both BeachBody Coaches so often these workouts are conducted in our living room our outside on the deck but whatever the workout, we are spending between 30 – 60 minutes with each other pushing, motivating, teasing and sweating together. They have become my favorite part of the week and when I really stop to examine the benefits of the sweat date, there are 5 key benefits that stand out to me in regards to working out with your significant other.
I know, obvious but true. There is all kind of research out there about the effect of exercise on mood, mental health and of course, overall health. More than all of that though, doing something with your partner for the long term benefit of you both is uniquely rewarding. There is something to simply sharing the fight.
More Relationship Security:
In our BeachBody business, it is amazing to me how many men are insecure about their wife getting in shape. Quite candidly, it blows me away. Why would a spouse ever be against their significant other getting in better health? But I can assure you, it is a real occurrence and happens way more often than you would expect. However a shared journey to being fit builds bonds of security in a relationship as couples travel the road together.
Time spent together:
My wife and I have a blast when we work out together. It is between 30-60 minutes where we are sharing an experience, working towards a common goal and in many cases, have a common enemy (yes, I am talking about you Autumn Calabrese!!!)
When you focus on health together rather than just exercise, you have to spend time on your diet. This is so much easier when you are attacking it as a team. Meals can be prepared for the family and not for an individual who is ‘dieting” (I hate how we use that word) and if you are going through the effort of putting in the exercise you are way less likely to want to compromise those gains by letting your diet go to pieces.
Side benefit of the Sweat Date:
Couples that play together……..well, play together. Let me spell this out for you, you are exercising, building confidence and connection together. When you exercise, endorphins are released improving mood as well as health. You are sharing experiences together. All of these contribute to a heightened sense of connection in all kinds of ways. Yeah, we call them dates for a reason.
So there are my top 5 reasons to make time for Sweat Dates in your relationship. I promise you, if you make your family’s health a priority together your relationship will grow in all of the right ways.