By Lavern & Ronda Nissley
We have enjoyed exercise activities and adventures for years. The big 3 have included tandem biking, racquetball and cross-country skiing. Recently we've added another activity, especially for achieving fitness inside when outside activities aren't as comfortable during the winter months.
But first, the 3 benefits to exercising as a couple . . .
There are many benefits to physical activity as individuals. Stress reduction, weight control, cardiovascular health, joint mobility, overall wellbeing - we've experienced all of these when we get at least three 50 minute workouts in a week. We've also experienced the opposite when we've taken a break from working out!
According to Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D "a growing body of evidence suggests that couples who sweat together really do stay together." Studies show that working out together can:
The name of the workout video approach is TeamBodyProject.com. Below you can see a brief segment of Daniel and Alex leading a session as well as us following along in our downstairs recreation area. NOTE: Ronda is doing the chair exercise due to a sprained ankle.
This is a good time of the year to get started with a couple activity that truly makes you feel better! Remember, couples who sweat together, stay together!
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.