Build your active partnership with thoughtful acts of support like these.
- Be in touch. Send reminder texts, prearrange rides to the gym, offer wake-up calls if necessary.
- Be on time. Always.
- Push your partner, then reinforce her efforts with praise.
- Suggest new ideas and routines to keep things interesting and prevent plateaus. (Browse the Experience Life archives for workout ideas or consult a trainer every few months.)
- Remind your partner of his goals and encourage him when the going gets rough.
- Keep tabs on each other through illness, travel, and other routine-breakers. It will make it easier to get back on track.
- Talk about topics other than fitness. The more you care about your partner as a person, the stronger your alliance will be. But don’t wallow in negative talk. It’s an energy downer.
- Be flexible. Sitter canceled? Take turns watching the kids so each of you can exercise independently.
This article originally appeared in “Strength in Numbers: The Importance of Fitness Buddies” in the July/August 2012 issue of Experience Life. Check out the article for more tips on working out in groups.