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Couples that sweat together, stay (on track) together. If you're looking for a way ignite your pre-wedding fitness regimen, consider this: Pairs that work out together were 40-70 percent more likely to reach their goals, according to a recent study by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
"If one partner works toward a healthier lifestyle, then the other is more likely to follow their lead," says Dr. Coral Arvon, Behavioral Health and Wellness Director who created the couple's retreat at Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa.
In the same way that your diet suffered when you moved in with your man (and his pantry full of chips), the reverse can be true. "The key to making a change for the positive is to be helpful toward one another and remember not to nag," says Avron.
Commit to a healthy diet and then agree on an achievable exercise routine. Short intense workouts that burn maximum calories are ideal for busy couples, according to Scott Danberg, Fitness Director at Pritikin. "Cardiovascular exercise is a good choice, but even better would be combining it with resistance," he adds. Building muscle will jack up your metabolism making you burn more even more calories at rest. Say, when you're stuck on your tush stuffing invites.
Want to try this whole fit couple thing, but hate your future hubby's long runs? Pick a few cardio and strength exercises you can do together, and then hop on the stationary bike during this next jog. Bottom line: It doesn't have to be all or nothing; you'll meet on the mat after cardio for team wedding ab work.
Need more motivation? "Couples who exercise, eat, laugh and work on communication have better connections and stay together," says Avron. Make your plan stick by hanging out with other active and healthy couples. "An important aspect of exercise compliance is enjoyment," says Danberg. Hit the tennis courts with your favorite couple and it won't even feel like exercise.
A non-gym way to improve your health and relationship? Hit the sheets every day. "Couples who have sex daily not only strengthen their relationships, but also improve their health," says Avron. Doing the deed reduces blood pressure, improves sleep, reduces stress and even prevents prostrate cancer," Avron adds. Also, try focusing on intimacy, sex's equally important counterpart, by spending quality time together sans TV.
If you can't get your partner on board, don't fret. Just ask for his/her support. A healthier, happier you is better for everyone after all. "Once you take care of yourself, then you might be able to help the other person," says Avron.