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7 Sexy Reasons Your Marriage Needs Exercise

You’re married.  You may have kids.  You’re almost certainly BUSY.

So, why would you of all people put an emphasis on exercise in your already crazy life?

Well, if you want to get all official about it, you can check out the Mayo Clinic’s article outlining the Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity.

However, instead of following their lead and talking about how exercise helps you personally, makes your heart beat more efficiently, yada, yada, yada, we are going to give a little thought to how these Benefits relate to our marriage.

After all, this is Fit Marriage, right?

So, here are the Mayo Clinic’s Seven Benefits with my own commentary explaining why you should actually care about this stuff (other than that whole heart that beats good thing):

1. Exercise Improves Your Mood

Have you ever had a small issue turn into an all-out fight with your spouse for what seemed like no good reason? Chances are one of you was just in a rotten mood to start with and things spiraled out of control unnecessarily.

Physical activity stimulates chemicals in your brain that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be looking good and feeling more self-confident (and perhaps a bit less defensive).

Bottom line: you don’t pick silly fights when you’re fresh off a “runner’s high”.

2. Exercise Combats Chronic Diseases

This goes back to the heartbeat issue and well beyond it. If you stick to an exercise ritual, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina agrees that you will greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a host of other major diseases.

You will be around longer, enjoy lower health insurance and other costs, and enjoy a higher quality of life with your spouse. Heck, maybe you’ll even win an Anniversary Dance at a wedding one day if you really get in gear.

3. Exercise Helps You Manage Your Weight

Do you think your spouse would find you more attractive if you lost a few pounds?

To me, that’s not even the real question. The key is that you feel attractive and confident about your looks. That will have a huge impact on your marriage and your sex life.

It’s pretty simple: when you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to keep your weight under control.

No beer belly = more confidence!

4. Exercise Boosts Your Energy Level

Personally, this is probably the biggest benefit I see from regular exercise.

After a long day of work, I will spend time playing with the kids, getting them ready for bed, doing chores around the house, trying to maintain a connection with my hobbies and all of the other duties I need to fulfill as the man of the house.

My wife has even more to do. Where does that leave us at the end of the night when we need to spend some quality time together?

With the need for more energy! The good news is that your cardiovascular efficiency and your overall energy levels will improve with regular exercise.

Here’s to late night bonding (and “quality time”)!

5. Exercise Promotes Better Sleep

I don’t know about you, but the core of most of the “disagreements” in our marriage stem from my wife or I being crabby due to a lack of sleep. With all of the demands of modern life, sleep is the easiest thing to give up.

But it doesn’t stop with your sleep schedule. You need to have quality sleep during the precious time that you devote to rejuvenation. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

And that will help your marriage.

6. Exercise can put the Spark Back in Your Sex Life

Do you like sex? Then exercise. Enough said.

Okay, so I guess I should provide some facts here to clarify how this correlation occurs (although all you really need to know is that time doing HIIT improves time in the sack).

Not only does exercise leave you feeling energized and looking better, but it can actually lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men with regular fitness routines are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise (especially as they get older).

Do you really need any more reasons?

7. Exercise can be Fun!

While I love trying a variety of intense workouts and the results the provide me, you really don’t have to be as intense and overt with your fitness routine. Your activity can be purely fun as long as you do it consistently.

You could take dance lessons (not my cup of tea, but maybe that works for you). On the more manly side of things, you could try rock climbing or take a long hike.

Get your whole family involved with a trip to the park. Plan a neighborhood kickball or touch football game. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and go for it. If you get bored, try something new.

If you’re moving, it’s exercise!

There you have it – seven very sexy reasons your marriage needs exercise.  What would you add to the list?

5 Ways to Get Fit & Healthy In 30-Minutes or Less

Bundle of the Week #48: Get Fit in 2014Make 2014 the year that you finally meet your health & fitness goals with this great collection of digital resources. With tips for healthy eating without the stress, exercise routines for your busy schedule, and more, this bundle will help you get fit in 2014!

This week only, you’ll get all 5 resources for almost 90% off plus special coupon codes on additional products from participating authors.

And now you can choose between PDF or Kindle versions of the ebooks in each bundle. (Other digital products may be included in different formats, as noted in their descriptions.) Select your format at checkout!

Thrive90 Fitness Program, Phase 1 by Dustin Riechmann and Tony DiLorenzo
Thrive90 is a proven step-by-step program that you can do in the comfort of your own home for only 15-30 minutes per day. With this program, you’ll enjoy renewed energy, self-confidence, mental clarity, and a re-energized sex life. Designed to be effective and fun for both men and women, Thrive90 helps you burn fat and add lean muscle no matter how busy your schedule! This is an online video course with exercise videos and downloadable resources to take you through the first phase of the Thrive90 program.

Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way by Jenny Layton
More than a cookbook, Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way is a guide that tells you what to eat, when to eat it, and how to make it easy. This is not just another fad diet trying to trick your body into losing weight; Jenny utilizes the science of how your body works with food, so it’s safe and effective. You’ll learn how to speed up your metabolism quickly, and you will see and feel rapid results – all while enjoying delicious food. And the best news? It’s easy! With the tips and strategies included in this book, you’ll wonder why healthy eating used to seem so hard.

7-Minute Workout Challenge by Fitness Guide Inc
The 7-minute workout is a research-backed workout program that has become an international hit! Featuring 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds each with 10 second rest intervals, this high-intensity training results in higher daily metabolism and is the equivalent of working out for over an hour – for only slightly longer than 7 minutes. The best part? The exercises are simple to perform, do not require any equipment, and therefore, can be done anywhere! No more excuses! This app guides you through the process with an easy-to-use interface that demonstrates the exercises, tracks your results, and makes it fun by allowing you to unlock rewards as you continue working out. This is an iOS app. Customers without a compatible device will receive a coupon toward their next bundle purchase.

Bodyweight Overload by Todd Kuslikis
In Bodyweight Overload, Todd shares the core muscle building and nutritional principles you need to know in order to build muscle without weights. The first section lays out the foundation for the 6-week program with target rep ranges, exercises, super sets, workout structure, etc. The second part offers a no-nonsense approach to nutrition that anyone can follow to achieve crazy muscle definition and shred body fat.

The Sandbag Solution by Ben Hirshberg
The Sandbag Solution is a simple guide that walks you through making your own sandbag and designing the workout routine that fits your personality, level of fitness, and training goals. Discover the secret to fun, effective weight training workouts that can be done easily at home without investing in a home gym!

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