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Strengthening our Hearts & our Love

Monday, March 25, 2013

I have been married 10 years to a wonderful man.

During our years together, I have exercised for weight loss numerous times and always gave up on myself.

Every time I exercised and recommitted to a spark lifestyle, he was supportive but didn't participate in consistent exercise with me.

I resparked for the final time in September 2011. I began to exercise again, but instead of weight loss as my focus, a healthier body and balanced life was my focus.

Once again, my husband has been incredibly supportive. He takes care of Isaac while I exercise. Even when he's exhausted from working night shift, he will shoo me out the door and toward my goals cheering me on every time. We even did a Color 5K as a family last October.

Last month, my husband decided to join me in 10 minutes of daily exercise as a couple. We made a vision collage, and last week, we reached our initial goal of 30 days!

Yes, that is a candy box from the Valentine's chocolate box he bought me.

Elie said he wanted to do strength training, so we made a commitment as a couple for 10 minutes of daily strength training. We started enthusiastically, but when soreness set in for him and boredom set in for me, we leaned on one another. I began to incorporate more balance training, and he increased his stretching time.

We adapted and motivated one another. He pushed me, and I pushed him right back. I noticed that I work harder when we exercise together. I look forward to our 10 minutes when we can be together and strengthen our bodies and our bond.

The 10 minutes of couples exercise has benefited our bodies and our relationship. Elie is noticeably fitter and firmer. I have gained in strength and balance. I can hold full plank for 45 seconds and I can even lower and raise myself a smidge. Woah!

Working out as a couple also provides a healthy example for our 3 year son. Isaac knows when we pull out the exercise mats that we're going to exercise as a family. Seeing him attempt to plank with us is reason enough to roll the exercise mats onto the floor.

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