1 Runner= 1 Healthy Spouse?

The other day my UPband (review to come soon) gave me one of it’s daily notifications.  It said that when one spouse or partner runs the other one, in general tends to be healthier and more fit.  My husband and I both found this to be quite interesting.

If we were to look at our situation this certainly rings true.  Years ago I took up running after a long hiatus.  Honestly I had the summer to myself and some pounds to shed.  I switched up my diet and started running approximately three miles per day.  Over the next year I stuck to this a few times a week but it wasn’t until the following summer when I packed away the treadmill and made outside running a full time hobby.  It was then that I also started lengthening my runs and 5-6 miles soon because my daily minimum.

That year my husband started joining me for my runs.  He didn’t love it, but he saw how it had changed my fitness levels and he wanted to get some of that good stuff for himself.  At times he would run shorter distances, and definitely had a love/hate relationship with the sport but he soon began to shed some of the weight he had gained in college.

As we both began to see results we started to change up our diets and try all those funky things that runners end up introducing into their lives.  Kale, chia, kefir, almond milk….you get the drift.  Our bodies started to crave these healthy treats.

We also began adding in more strength training to help benefit our running and also to help tone different areas of our bodies.  It was almost as if when one of us started to see changes and results the other became even more motivated to stick with a fitness routine.  These days we have done multiple full and half marathons and run way too many road races to be able to count.  Together we have also coached hundreds of people across the finish lines of 5Ks to full marathons.

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So does UPband have a valid point?  Probably but I have to think there are several factors involved:

First I do believe that as one partner sees results it is definitely motivation to join in on the fitness bandwagon.  Peer pressure doesn’t always hurt and in this case I think we all feel a bit of it.  This definitely works well if you can train together.

Second, when people live together they are often forced to join their partner’s healthy routines when it comes to their diets.  In our case, if I want to have a salad for dinner we both end up having a salad because we like to dine together.  I of course know that the wife isn’t always the one in the kitchen doing the cooking, but if the partner who tends to do meal preparations is living a healthy new lifestyle they will likely be making meals fit around that plan.  Lucky for your other half because they will reap the rewards and unlucky for them if they don’t enjoy eating healthy!  I would assume that this would lead to a lot of those fitness changes simply by default.

On top of that, if you see your partner heading to the gym each morning it might also be easier to throw a bag together and get your butt out of bed simply due to guilt.  Again, if it works I say go for it!

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However it works I have to say that having a partner in crime can be a great aid.  Years ago my husband and I left behind some pretty unhealthy habits and changed our ways quite a bit.  It wasn’t always easy and I could have quickly turned back to those old habits if I hadn’t had another person to both keep me accountable and not want to let him down.  Anytime you are trying to add healthy changes into your life it will always be easier if your family or partner are there to back you up.  If you have someone who understands what you are trying to do and is there to encourage you or even better, make the changes with you, the odds are in your favor.  Making changes solo can be done but is definitely not easy.

This time of year many of us are looking to add a bit more healthy into our lives or do a bit of damage control around the holidays.  I personally have noticed that I need to make a serious break up with sugar in my life.  It isn’t easy but by telling my husband what my plan is he is game for at least not eating cookies in front of me while I enjoy a pear for dessert!

Do you have a fitness partner?  Who do you look to for support or do you prefer to go it alone?  Did your partner gag when you brought home kefir for the first time like mine did?!

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