Recently I saw an entertainment news clip of celebrity couples who workout together. These couples included:

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Victoria and David Beckham
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth

There are many more celebrity couples who work out together. I listed couples that included athletes and those that were not professional athletes.

As you think about your 2018 fitness goals, think about enlisting your spouse/partner. I did. The 10-week no gym home workout I mentioned in my last physical health blog, I’ve shared with my partner.

While we have different schedules, we can’t always workout together. However, it’s become a competition for my partner. He knows I’m diligent every day. Therefore, he makes it a point to do his workout even when he gets home late. I’m thrilled I’ve motivated him.

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

Spin class (or any type of class – yoga, pilates, cardio)
Indoor rock climbing
Ballroom dancing
Weekly hikes
Daily walk/run/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, then start off slowly. Maybe go for a walk to a nearby coffee shop or restaurant.

If your spouse/partner travels during the week, then plan an activity for the weekend. 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, then 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.


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Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of 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 spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. 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’.”