It’s been weeks of sheltering in place. You’re no longer motivated to do anything. Even binge-watching has gotten old.

From being sedentary, you may find yourself craving some type of physical activity. You realize you’ll need to return to your normal pants eventually, leaving your drawstring PJs and sweats at home.

It’s time to get active with your spouse.

Begin by deciding when you will incorporate physical activity into your day. For some, it may be the first thing in the morning. Others may need an afternoon break.

Once you and your spouse decide when, then decide what to do. Begin by trying these three activities. Do one activity a day and alternate them to add variety to your week.

1- Walks

Take advantage of time and explore your neighborhood or a nearby neighborhood. Start with a short walk and gradually increase the amount of time.

If parks are open in your area, now is the time to discover new ones. You may have had some parks on your list but never had time to explore them – now is your chance.

 If you need more of a challenge, try walking with weights. Another option is to change the speed of your walk. Power walk for one minute then slow your pace for 2 minutes.  

2- Dance

Put together a playlist and dance. Select some of your favorite music, even if it’s from decades ago.

Dance to the 60s Motown. Or try being an 80s hair band. You’re at home with each other, so be as crazy as you want to be – there’s no judgment.

Add some spice and dress up for your dance party. If you’re adventuresome, create a Tik Tok video. You don’t have to post it just enjoy the creativity part.

3- Fitness Circuit

Create a fitness circuit tailored to your strengths and capabilities. Start with a 30-minute program then increase to an hour if you’re motivated.

Alternate between high-intensity activity and lighter activity when creating your circuit. Select 5 to 10 exercises, such as jumping rope, crunches, lunges, pushups, etc.

Throw in a few yoga poses to challenge your balance and increase flexibility. Try holding a downward-facing dog or tree pose.

Rotate from one exercise to the next. Use time or number of reps as your indicator to know when to switch.

Working out with your spouse will not only get you back in shape; it will strengthen your relationship. Even when we’re no longer required to shelter in place, you may find enjoyment continuing with these activities. You may have started a new tradition with your relationship.


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®, 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 developing spending plans, comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, 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.’”

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