A tough question for many couples, “How do you get your spouse to exercise with you?”
Dear Mary Jo,
How do I get my mate on board with exercise? I’m totally into it and he’s not, nor does he want to hear about it. How can I incorporate him into my workout?
You may need to change your thinking in incorporating him into your routine. If he’s not into it, finding an activity you both like will be more successful. He may think walking around the block is enough, and walking is a great beginning. Mentioning that it would be a great couple activity, and then complimenting him if and when he goes will be important. Overall, you can’t make anyone exercise if they don’t want to, but they will become less resistant if you encourage them and stay open to anything they are willing to do. The overall objective is you want him to be healthy, and exercise is a big part of that. When he understands that it’s your love for him that’s behind your motivation to get him to work out, he will more likely be agreeable to joining you. As a last resort remind him that exercise helps in all areas of your relationship. Couples that work out save money, have more energy, less irritability and more fun in the bedroom.