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Sure, it's important to have separate interests — and even friends — when you're married. But shared activities can keep your marriage fresh and bring you even closer to your spouse. "Whether you do things that you've always liked, like going to the gym or antiquing together, or find new things that you like to do, like salsa dancing or Thai cooking classes, having these bonds are great ways to keep the relationship from sinking into a rut," explains relationship expert April Masini.
So if you'd like to dive into a hobby with your hubby but don't know where to start, here are five you're both sure to love.
"If you're active, consider picking up a niche hobby like kayaking or couples' figure skating," Masini suggests.
"Intellects can find a great lecture series at local universities, museums and sometimes libraries," Masini says.
Learn a new language.
"Travel bugs can take language classes together and then plan a trip to Portugal or somewhere else interesting!" suggests Masini.
"Big-hearted couples can find volunteer hobbies like working at a hospital, a Veteran's Administration organization, a pet shelter, or a hotline for any number of crises where volunteers are needed," Masini says.
No matter what hobby you choose, the important thing is that you use it to bond you both and "nip boredom in the bud before it sets in," Masini says. "It's great to have date night scheduled, but by doing things together on the weekends — or if you can schedule them on weekdays or week nights, depending on your schedules — you can diversify the activities you have in your relationship and that makes your relationship more dynamic and more likely to go the distance. When couples split up it's often because they feel they've grown apart. These activities prevent this."