At Omnia Health, we’ve seen firsthand how making a conscious decision to embark on a journey to adopt a healthier lifestyle can lead to achieving optimal wellness. That being said, this admirable adjustment requires large amounts of determination and commitment. It’s very easy to get sidetracked, overwhelmed or discouraged — making it all the more important to have a solid support system. In addition to working with Functional Medicine professionals, getting your partner on board has proven extremely beneficial for achieving your desired outcomes.
Researchers in the U.K. found that men and women were more likely to stop smoking, exercise more or lose weight if their partner joined them in becoming healthier.
When your significant other actively participates in and encourages your healthy lifestyle changes, the challenge transforms into a positive shared experience. Here are some ways “teaming up” can play a crucial role in supporting your quest to become a healthier you.
1. Communication Is Key
Effective communication is the foundation of any strong relationship. Openly discuss your goals, reasons for making lifestyle changes, and the specific steps you plan to take. And it is equally as important to share your concerns, fears, and triumphs. Clearly defining your aspirations to your partner allows them the opportunity to provide the emotional support you need. Regular check-ins can also help both of you stay on the same page and make adjustments as needed.
2. Cook And Plan Meals Together
Food is a significant factor in improving your overall health. So it should come as no surprise that one of the most impactful ways your partner can contribute to your wellness is by getting involved in meal planning and preparation. Collaborate on creating nutritious and delicious meals that align with your dietary goals. Experiment with new recipes and enjoy the opportunity to bond while promoting healthier eating habits.
Research suggests that more time spent on food preparation (over one hour a day) is linked to an increased intake of vegetables, salads, and fruits — helping you to feel nourished but not overstuffed.
3. Encourage Physical Activity As A Team
Whether it’s going for a walk, hitting the gym, or swimming laps, having a workout buddy (who also happens to be your partner) can make exercising feel less like a chore. Find activities that you both enjoy or use getting in shape as an excuse to find a new, active hobby. Having someone to hold you accountable on days when one might feel less motivated is a game changer! Knowing you can take turns encouraging one another is the foundation of a healthy, collaborative relationship.
4. Create A Supportive Environment
Work together to create a home environment that promotes well-being. Remove unhealthy snacks from the pantry, stock up on nutritious options, and establish routines that support your goals. When both partners are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the home becomes a haven that reinforces positive habits rather than an obstacle to achieving them.
5. Celebrate Milestones Together
Amidst life’s craziness, take the time to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements — no matter how big or small. Whether it’s reaching a fitness milestone, sticking to a healthier diet for a specific amount of time, or officially ridding yourself of a bad habit, it’s important to recognize these victories as a team. This positive reinforcement strengthens the collective commitment of you and your partner to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Not to mention, it serves as a great motivator to continue making progress.
Unleash The Power Of Positivity
Implementing lifestyle changes can be emotionally taxing. It’s crucial to find internal and external sources of optimism throughout the process. You and your partner should be there to offer encouragement, be empathetic, and provide reassurance. As we all know, a simple gesture of understanding and a listening ear can make all the difference in overcoming inevitable challenges.
When the goal of achieving optimal health becomes more meaningful and sustainable with the active involvement of your partner. Together, you can build a foundation for a lifetime of well-being and shared joy. And Omnia Health is here to help you get started!