While planning how to tackle your 2024 fitness goals, consider enlisting your spouse/partner to join you.

Finding time to workout together will motivate you to accomplish your fitness goals while strengthening your relationship.

It may even foster some healthy competition.

Here are some ideas for you to enlist your spouse/partner:

Enroll in a fitness class (e.g., spin, yoga, Pilates, cardio)

Join a pickleball group (or bowling, tennis, golf)

Participate in ballroom dancing classes

Organize weekly hikes

Schedule daily walks/runs/bike (it can be for 30 minutes or longer)

Depending on your fitness level, you can be as challenging as you want it to be.

If your spouse/partner isn’t as fit as you are, start slowly. Maybe go for a walk to a nearby coffee shop or restaurant.

Plan a weekend activity if your spouse/partner travels during the week. Maybe a hike at a nearby park or a class that meets only on the weekend.

If you have kids, include them in the activity. Or, if you have to attend their sporting event, toss or kick around a ball with your spouse/partner during your kid’s game.

Be creative. Have fun.

More importantly, stop making excuses.

Not only will you be improving your health, but you’ll also be improving your relationship.

(Update to original post from January 11, 2018)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”