Sounds crazy, right? Well, contrary to how it may seem, this title is not click-bait. A fitness program did indeed change my marriage and completely for the better at that! Now, don’t misunderstand…it wasn’t the program itself that changed it, it’s us doing it TOGETHER that really caused us to become even closer than we were before.
Let me give you a little background…my husband and I have been a couple since we were 16 and married since we were 20. That makes A LOT of years of togetherness. We love being with each other as often as possible and while some might find that strange, I count myself blessed that we still feel that way even after all these years. But where he’s spent at least the majority of our years together having some sort of workout program, I have had NONE. I wasn’t interested. I hated working out. He went to the gym on his own before work or during his lunch break and I had zero part of that except for washing his stinky gym clothes and complaining about how raggedy and old his gym bag is.
Even through my claims of not being a “worker outer”, he always encouraged me to start an exercise program because he knew I needed to get my cardio health in order. He saw that I would get winded just going up and down the stairs and I avoided parking too far away from the entrance of the mall so I wouldn’t have to walk too far and wear myself out before I got my shopping done. I mean…hello…priorities! Am I right, ladies??
But seriously, after I was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), I quickly realized I needed to change some things about my lifestyle and among the obvious were eliminating as much emotional stress as possible, getting my diet and nutrition on track, and of course…the one I’d been dreading and avoiding for years…exercise.