Whether you’re single, dating, living with your love or married, any impression of a social life makes staying fit and preserving an exercise routine that much harder. Guiding your body to the gym or trail when your heart wants to globetrot with lovers or friends just isn’t an easy task.
I naturally scoff at articles nailing weight gain to relationship status, but the data can’t be overlooked. One study found women who were dating gained an average of 15 pounds over five years, those living with a romantic partner gained 18 pounds, and the newly married women gained an average of 24 pounds.
Being in a relationship is so exhilarating that spending so much time together can cause your healthy lifestyle to fly out the window. You may even adopt some of your partner’s unhealthy habits. That can add up to some extra pounds on the scale, so here are some tips to avert weight gain while dating.
Remember that eating an extra 500 calories a day will make you gain a pound in one week, so be mindful of how much you’re eating. Just because your guy has three slices of pizza, that doesn’t mean you should too. Guys need more calories, so remember to eat appropriate sized portions, even when dining together.
You don’t have to eat just because your partner is. Guys incline to inhale their meal, and then an hour later they’re eating again. It can be enticing to join in if food is in front of you, but don’t nosh unless you’re truly hungry.
Keep up with your regular exercise schedule. When you’re in a relationship, you don’t want to sacrifice the things that are vital to your own well-being, so make time for your 20 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Get up early before work or steal away during lunchtime so you don’t feel like it’s taking away from time spent with your loved one.
Or better yet, exercise together. Meet at the gym after work, play tennis or racquetball, take salsa dance lessons or a Vinyasa yoga class, or join a dodgeball team.
Spend more time being active together instead of sitting on the couch. You don’t have to be really athletic, but you can tour a museum, take a walk in the park, hike in the woods, or go for a bike ride.
Sign up for a healthy cooking class together so you can both learn new ways to make delicious dishes that are full of nutrients but not full of saturated fat, cholesterol, and empty calories.
Far too many people erroneously believe that staying in shape has to mean doing exercise you dislike. There are so many different ways that you can promote better health while also getting closer to the body that you desire. By performing the type of exercise you enjoy most, you will really increase your chances of sticking with it in the long run.
Staying in shape can be defined as taking an active role in your health and well-being by making sure you habitually join in some form of physical exercise.
There are many components to staying in shape, such as looking after your cardiovascular fitness level, increasing your strength ability, as well as working on your range of motion, otherwise known as flexibility.