Motivate Yourself Through Your Partner
When Jon and I lived in Boca Raton, we were lucky to have tennis courts and a field to run on less than five minutes away from our apartment. Because we both liked to exercise in the morning, we would get up around the same time to have breakfast -- and then Jon would go to the courts and I would run on the field alongside.
I have to admit, I was not always bright-eyed and bushy-tailed running out the door early in the morning for my workout. Knowing that I would be sweating for an hour in the Florida heat was more of a mental hurdle than anything. Plus, it was stressful to cool down, shower, change, and then get to work on time. Sometimes I would think to myself: I'll be lazy today and walk, or just work out for a short time or at a lower intensity than I had intended.
But because Jon was playing tennis on the courts next to the field, I couldn't give into this self-defeating voice. I would see how much energy he was expending in his tennis game and it gave me the energy to start running faster, longer, and with more power than I otherwise would have been able to do on my own.
The point of the story is that being committed to fitness can be extremely hard and lonely, and having another person in your life (even better if it's your significant other!) makes the whole process more enjoyable and less difficult. You won't be like Rob Loewe's character in "Parks and Rec" all the time, but having someone keeping you accountable will keep you on track to meet your goals.
We are well into the New Year and probably you've set diet and fitness resolutions. Take an extra step by sharing them with a partner and you'll find that achieving them will be that much easier and more enjoyable. And it's not just about having someone keeping you going on a tough day, it's also about having someone to celebrate with once you've hit your goals.