Three Steps to Motivate Your Spouse to Exercise: Fun and Stay Reconnecting

Exercise is a sensitive subject for many spouses, especially if they’ve put on more than a few pounds over the years. Even so, a spouse who avoids exercise can experience not only weight gain but overall poor health. If your spouse is reluctant to exercise, don’t nag. Instead, encourage him and offer positive reinforcement. Make exercise about fun and reconnecting and you may start to see his interest increase dramatically.

Voice Your Concerns

Step 1

Broach the subject of exercise gently and mention that you think it would be a good idea for both of you to get in shape. Avoid criticizing or name calling; this will only put your spouse on the defensive.

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