Relationships are very good for your health in all sorts of ways. They help you to combat stress, they encourage you to go out drinking less, and (hopefully) they make you happier – that last point really is rather important for health in general.
But while being in a relationship might overall be good for your health, there are still elements that aren’t quite so positive and some ways in which being in a relationship can actually detract from your overall health. A case in point? Fitness. If you want to keep off the weight and build muscles then relationships aren’t going to help. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.
When you’re in a relationship you will find you quickly gain weight for numerous reasons. For one, you’re likely to eat out more often seeing as you’ll want to do nice things with your partner. At the same time you will too often decide to ‘snuggle up’ with a box of chocolates or a film and pizza as that’s what couples do. When there are two of you it only takes one of you to want to do something less-than-healthy and you’ll end up cheating on your diet. Thus being in a relationship is a quick way to give yourself a paunch unless you are strict with yourselves and decide together to try and eat more healthily (at which point it only takes for one of you to be strong to help improve your diet – the reverse can also be true see).
Being in a relationship is also likely to make you more prone to resting and relaxing. Again this comes with the ‘evenings in’ territory and you’re likely to find that’s it’s all too tempting to stay on the couch rather than hit the gym. You’re also less likely to follow other pursuits like going out to play football with friends, or taking those karate/yoga classes.
Make sure then that you include some active pursuits in your regular routine as well, as this will help to improve your energy and your mood too and is generally always advisable.
The other reason people tend to gain weight when they find themselves in a relationship is that they no longer have quite the same impetus to get a great physique. If you’re in a good relationship then you should be able to rest assured that your partner is going to love you no matter what your BMI is, and that then means you can let your guard down and fatten up.
There are two ways to change this view though. The first is to remember that your partner will still appreciate you being in better shape, and that your love life will undoubtedly benefit from any effort you put in. Secondly, you shouldn’t be working out for the opposite sex in the first place. Do it for you, for your own self-esteem and for your long term health.
Author Bio: Nancy Baker is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Nancy has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.