By Kermit Rowe
Encompass Relationship Facilitator
If you are looking for objective, empirical evidence that physical fitness leads to marital happiness and endurance, you’ll be looking long and hard. There just isn’t much out there.
But observation and personal experience offer plenty of evidence that it does. Focus On The Family, one of the preeminent marriage ministries of the 20th and 21st centuries, offers this in a recent article: “Exercise isn’t the answer to every marriage issue, but it will help you to bond on a new level and establish invaluable disciplines, such as perseverance and goal-setting, that can help combat marital fatigue.”
21st century couples can use all the help they can get in combating the seemingly growing assault on the institution of marriage. Most of us will admit we’ve experienced that marital fatigue at some point of our “till death do us part” relationship. Dr. James Dobson points out that benefits from exercise like shared experiences, goal creation, better moods, mutual affirmations and shared accomplishments can work together to energize (and re-energize) a relationship. Not to mention all of those extra energy-creating endorphins that circulate in fitness-minded husbands and wives that put more spark into their day and into each other.
Add to this the following findings and you have enough to suggest that exercise can be at least a contributing factor to marital bliss:
So in many cases, marriage is good for the health, and better health is good for the marriage. Even if one partner is working out and the other isn’t, the extra energy of the one can’t hurt. If your relationship is a little off center, grab your partner and head to the gym. Or just go for a walk. And commit to doing these things as often as possible. Then watch those communication lines become more open and your marriage more dynamic and satisfying.
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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.