One thing that I’ve learned from my bouncing back and forth on working out and not working out is that sometimes it is just as hard on my poor husband as it is on me. He wants to support me but he just doesn’t know how. I have been known to bite his head off for simply asking me if I am going to workout. Now he just doesn’t address my exercising at all. I actually feel bad for him. This actually inspired me to come up with ways to support your spouse or significant other while they are working out. I hope this helps someone. These are tips that I think will help.
- Be positive. No matter how off and on they exercise remain positive. I know I find positivity really encouraging.
- Workout with them or go on a walk with them. Sometimes having a partner to workout with can be very helpful.
- Make healthy food choices as a family. This also will help your spouse or partner to know that they aren’t alone.
- Don’t be pushy. Being pushy can be very discouraging to someone who is trying to lose weight. There is no need to constantly ask them if they are going to workout.
- Don’t be judgemental. Understand that your spouse will have their good and bad days. If you see them eat a cookie or something else that isn’t healthy understand that isn’t the end of the world. If they don’t workout very long understand that the fact that they are doing something is the important thing.
- Celebrate their victories. Every pound loss is a victory so celebrate them.
- Don’t be too hard on them. If they give up don’t be too hard on them. It just hasn’t stuck for the time being maybe it will the next time.
- Most important just love them. Let your spouse know that you love them no matter what. Knowing you are loved is very encouraging.
- Take them to do something fun like dancing. It is always a great thing to workout without feeling like you’re working out.