All too often, life partners don’t commit to being gym buddies. It doesn’t have to be that way. Learn how to motivate your spouse to spot you in life and in the gym.
Just like bills and household chores, fitness can mark a tipping point for relationships. It’s a challenge that might be more common than you think: one person wants to get in shape, and the other isn’t as motivated. It’s a two-fold problem and a recipe for insecurity and jealousy.
So what do you do if you can’t get your spouse onboard with your new fitness goals and lifestyle? Try some of these tactics to help motivate your partner to make healthier decisions so you can live your lives together as one happy, fit family.
1 DON’T PUT YOUR PARTNER ON THE DEFENSIVE
2 EXPLAIN WHY YOU’RE MAKING A CHANGE
3 HELP FIND A MEANINGFUL GOAL
4 CREATE A FRAME OF REFERENCE
5 MAKE IT FUN
6 MAKE IT A “TOGETHER THING”
7 HELP CREATE MOMENTUM
8 SET THE RIGHT REWARDS
9 LEAD BY EXAMPLE
10 ALIGN VALUES