Recognize that the health of you and your spouse is critical to your relationship. The most successfully married couples we have interviewed throughout the world watch out for each other’s eating habits, exercise, vitamins, and medicines. These happily married couples understand that their relationship with each other is enhanced when they are healthy.
If you get married young, there is a tendency to ignore the health risk factors because you think you will live forever. Instead, early in your marriage begin thinking long-term and focus on developing healthy habits both physically and mentally.
Five ways to develop healthy living habits:
1. Make living a healthy well-balanced life a priority.
Just like everything else in life, you have to set your goals and priorities focused on what is important to you. Develop a regular exercise program together. It doesn’t matter if it is just walking together in the evening after work or riding bicycles in the park or going to the gym or swimming. What matters is that you do it together and commit to staying on a regular program to enhance your physical and mental health. While you may not have any health issues yet, if you develop healthy living habits that focus on maintaining a healthy well-balanced life style, you have a far greater chance of celebrating your golden years together.
2. Eliminate bad habits.
In other words, cut back on your foods containing refined sugars, white flour, salt, food additives such as food coloring, artificial flavorings and preservatives. Stop smoking. Limit your intact of alcohol to one or two drinks per day. Get off the couch. Get more consistent sleep.
3. Focus on maintaining good psychological health for yourself and your spouse.
Having a shoulder to cry on or someone to lean on when things get tough can keep you from the depths of depression. Life can throw unbelievable challenges in your path, so having your spouse as your best friend can provide both of you with the support you need to make it through the tough times together. Like the song goes, “that’s what friends are for.”
4. For a long life together, eat healthy and take a balanced regiment of vitamins.
Learn to cook healthy meals together. Enjoy each other’s company while you spend extra time communicating with each other. Find recipes that are fun to fix and fun to eat together. Even though you are cooking healthier meals, don’t fool yourself into believing that you will satisfy all of your nutrition needs by eating a well balanced diet. While it might help, with the stress in today’s life it is critical that you make sure that you get the required vitamins and minerals with a good vitamin supplement.
5. Get regular annual medical check-ups.
Encourage your spouse to get a regular physical check-up annually by scheduling your appointments on the same day. Preventive care is far superior to having to deal with a health issue that went undetected for a long period of time.
Changing your habits to begin living a healthy lifestyle in your marriage can be a real challenge, but the benefits for you and your spouse are enormous.
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By Dr. Charles and Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz
America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts
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