So you've made the decision to improve your overall health. Great! You may be wondering how to do this or who can help you on your journey?
Well, I am here today with 10 ways that your partner can support you in your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. However, remember that managing weight and getting fit is not just about food and exercise; it's also about building healthy habits into everyday life (for example, sleep management).
1). Plan meals together
This doesn't need to be anything complex, but it will help if both of you are involved. If one person makes dinner all the time while the other picks up fast food every night, then you're never going to see any real changes in your health.
Planning meals together could be as simple as agreeing on a day of the week that works for both of you and deciding what type of meal to make (Indian food night? Pizza night?). Then try out the recipes together, learn from each other about healthy cooking, and make a shopping list based on those meals! It's fun and will help build a healthy way of life into your relationship.
For example, my partner and I decided early on that Tuesday nights would always be Mexican food night. We choose what we want to order/make early in the day so that we can enjoy it at home before watching TV or spending time together. If one of us is extra hungry, we can make some guacamole or make some delicious tacos.
Plus, cooking together is fun if you're into that (like me)! I like to use YouTube videos of new recipes that I find and then show it to my partner while he cooks along with me. It makes the experience more enjoyable when you get to spend time doing something with your loved one!
2). Don't nag
Before starting on this journey, it's easy for your partner to tell you things like "you need to eat healthier" or "exercise more", but they don't really understand why it's important unless they have gone through the process themselves.
It's not their fault, it's just easier to see the problem on the other side! When you're in a healthy body, you can't really tell what your unhealthy choices are doing to you. So try not to nag too much about eating healthier or exercising more because they simply won't understand where you're coming from until they go through that journey with you.
3). Keep each other accountable
This means encouraging and helping out when one of you starts getting off track again. Maybe your partner gets tired and wants to order pizza instead of making dinner; maybe they don't feel like working out this week but need help staying motivated; maybe they keep putting off their to-do list for exercising; etc.
Being accountable to each other can help both of you stay motivated and on-track with your goals. However, remember that if one person is constantly holding the other accountable, it becomes nagging instead of supporting! So try asking your partner how they are doing first before giving them suggestions every day - sometimes people just need someone to listen rather than to give advice.
4). Embrace different interests
This means encouraging your partner's various hobbies rather than trying to convince them that yours are better/more fun/etc.
For example, my fiance loves the outdoors while I hate it. So I tell him to do his favorite hikes and bike trails while I stay at home or go shopping. It helps us both maintain our own interests while supporting each other!
5). Remember that it's a journey
Your partner might not get this whole "healthy living" thing right away, so try to be patient with them! It took you guys years to make unhealthy choices, right? So trying new things will probably take some time too.
Plus, your partner will soon begin to see the positive changes in your life because of healthy habits. They'll be more motivated by seeing how good you look when you're eating healthier or how good you feel after starting to exercise (especially if they can come along with you!). Just make sure that your partner is motivated for themselves and not out of obligation!
6). Invest in some healthy cooking supplies
This will help prepare healthy meals than just buying them at the grocery store. If you don't want to cook every night, then take turns making dinner so that each one of you has an opportunity to try new recipes.
But, remember that it's ok if you order out sometimes too! You can still be on track toward your goals by ordering something like stir fry or grilled fish instead of the usual pizza or Chinese food.
7). Find new activities
This means trying some fun exercise together like biking, hiking, etc. (anything that you can both enjoy).
This gives you both something to do together outside of the house and it will help your partner stay on-track with their goals too. You might not be able to go biking or hiking every weekend, but try to plan this activity at least once a month (or more if possible) so that it's an option for when you guys want to do something special together.
8). Don't stress about the little things
Before starting the program, your partner might not have realized how much stress they were putting on themselves by worrying about things like what to eat or if their lunch looks good enough.
So try not to make fun of them for bringing sandwiches to work for three days in a row (trust me...I've done it too). Instead, offer suggestions like "how about trying this salad place down the street?" And remember that no one is perfect! If your partner does forget something important one day, just support them and remind them the next day so that they can get right back on track.
9). Celebrate progress
Try to celebrate progress with your partner as often as possible . This will help keep both of you motivated and keep you from getting down about all the work you're doing. Just make sure not to define yourself (or your self-worth) by those milestones; otherwise, you'll end up feeling like a failure when you don't meet your goals!
Try having healthy snacks or drinks together as a reward for making good choices throughout the day. Telling each other about what progress you've made also works as an excellent motivator (and it's fun!). For example, I can tell my fiance how many miles I ran today and he can tell me which vegetables he found at the grocery store that we haven't tried before.
10). Don't be afraid to ask for help
This is important because it shows that you care about your partner or friend and that you're doing this for both of you. Plus, if you might have some more ideas on how to support them!
I can remember when I first started exercising, I would always bring my trainer along with me to make sure that I didn't slack off. This helped keep up motivation since they were there to help push me forward each time I wanted to quit.