Okay, first a shameless Valentine’s Day flower photo. And actually….these aren’t the flowers Jared got me (I got roses, lucky me)…but these are the ones I got him. I love tulips and seeing them makes me happy, so I’m posting them.
Is it weird that I got him flowers? He gets them for me all the time, so I figured I’d reverse it for once….and actually, I just love tulips and they were all over the stores yesterday, so I picked up a bunch. I guess they were kinda for me too. But I meant well.
Moving on……speaking of couples and Valentine’s Day….
Do you and your Significant Other exercise together?
The Huffington Post had an article earlier this week stating that the couples who work out together, stay together longer. It gives both people in the couple a sense of cooperation, a shared passion, and an emotional/physical boost. In turn, the couples that exercise together end up having a stronger relationship. That makes sense, right?
I think the shared passion part is important. But I have to admit, Jared and I struggle with this a little bit.
We both like to ski….but he’s a much better skier than me so if we spend the day there together, we’ll be on different slopes (me the bunny slopes, him on something steep). Sure, he’ll go down my hills a few times with me, but it’s not the same…he’s bored and it’s more like him being with me while I do my thing rather than us doing something together.
I clearly don’t do Ironmen races and have no desire to start.
I would love to go on a bike ride, but my idea of a bike ride is something flat and leisurely bike path…20 miles is fine with me, but it doesn’t involved a bike outfit, “clipping in,” a serious road bike, and 80 miles uphill in wind. And because he’s much better and faster than me, I constantly feel like he’s “waiting” or slowing for me, which sucks.
We ran a half marathon together…..but our “together” part didn’t work very well. We trained on opposite days– long runs worked better on Fridays for me, Saturdays for him. I liked to run in the morning, him in the evenings. And on race day, he “ditched” me at the start to go to a different time group because he decided the race was part of his training and he wanted to PR…he waited for me at the end and we went through the finish line together, but it certainly didn’t feel like we were working out together. Never again, honestly. So another fail there.
Sometimes, we go to the gym together…..but we do different things so once we arrive, we migrate to separate areas.
I’ve asked him to come to yoga with me and I get a big fat NO (not surprised though, I get it, not his thing).
So what does that leave?
That’s really the only “workout” that we enjoy together and that we’re at the same level at. Thank goodness there’s something!
Also, thankfully there are many many trails in the area. Now that he’s not training, we have weekend days to spend together. And hopefully, as spring arrives (though it’s been 70 degrees all week so I guess the season doesn’t matter over here), we’ll go much more often.
Whew, at least there’s something! Other than that, I don’t think Jared and I are destined to exercise together in any of the other areas….at least not now! We do have other “non exercise” shared interests as well though…and I do think that shared passions– exercise or non-exercise related– are keys to a strong relationship.
How about you?
Do you work out with your significant other? (or have you in the past)
Do you feel like it improves your relationship?
What’s his favorite workout? What’s yours?