Love, health and happiness — what ties these three concepts together? Broadly speaking, getting in shape and staying that way makes you happy, keeps you in good physical condition and helps you feel great about yourself. A healthier, happier you gives you the added bonus of keeping your relationship going strong. If remaining healthy is the key to all of these wonderful things, then why is it so hard to do? Let’s focus on weight loss as it seems to be the goal of many of you. Some people view weight loss as one of those goals that sounds good until you actually have to put in the effort to accomplish it.
Fortunately, there are ways to shove the “no pain, no gain” mindset to the side and lose weight in much easier ways. Don’t think of it as taking the easy way out. Instead, think of it as boosting your chances of sticking to your goal and getting to spend quality time with your loved one.
Don’t Turn Off the TV
There’s no rule that says you have to do a workout without any distractions. If you and your loved one spend your evenings sitting in front of the TV watching the last Game of Thrones or Better Caul Saul episodes, set up a treadmill or stationary bike in the room and get moving instead. You can easily keep up with your favorite shows while also sneaking in a workout. Once you’re done, reward yourself with some extra time snuggling with your soul mate.
Don’t Use the “E” Word
If hearing the word “exercise” makes you cringe, don’t call it that. Instead, focus on finding a physical activity you genuinely enjoy, such as bike riding, hiking or running around outside with your dog. Make it even more fun by asking your second half to join you. Remember that workouts should revolve around something you like doing, not something you feel obligated to do, like going to a gym.
Let Someone Else Do the Work for You
While you and your loved one can’t get other people to physically do workouts for you, you can both hand over the reins when it comes to tracking weight loss. Withings’ Smart Body Analyzer can provide both of you with highly accurate information on your weight and body fat measurements, along with your Body Mass Index. Our Withings Activité, Activité Pop and Pulse Ox products also make it easier for you to track your activities.
The trick to this is including more healthy items in your diet, like fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of focusing on eliminating unhealthy foods that you really like. You get to eat more rather than eating less, but you need to make sure the “more” part includes foods that are really good for you. Plan meals with your partner, so you’re both eating better, and make a habit of cooking meals together at home instead of eating out. On top of that, cooking together is a great way to spend some quality time after work.
If you were always told to finish your plate, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Polishing off a large plate filled with food certainly won’t help you lose weight. Instead, trick your brain into thinking you’re eating a plate or bowl full of food by switching to smaller ones. You’ll feel like you’re having plenty to eat without having to waste any food. For a more romantic option, you could share a larger plate of food just like The Lady And The Tramp
Keep It Simple
Working out to lose weight doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of coming up with the perfect workout routine, you and your loved one can just throw on sneakers and start walking. A 15-minute walk each day can help you move closer to your goal and feel closer to your significant other.
Valentine’s Day could be the perfect timing to start some of these healthy habits 😉