For years, L and I have exercised together. We've trained for (short) races together. We've power walked around our neighborhood. We've jogged with the dogs. We've ridden bikes. We've suffered through the Shred. The list goes on.
I've always wanted us to be that couple that works out together. And we were. But, in the past year or so, due to differing schedules, and my health issues, our power couple workouts have slowly morphed into each of us working out on our own time separately. For the past few months, we have been working out alone almost exclusively, and I think it's the best thing for us as individuals. Despite all our years of working out together, neither of us was actually getting a "good" workout. We weren't doing what we enjoyed out of consideration for the other person.
L is an endurance guy. He needs a long, hard workout. He needs to sweat and punch things and get his adrenaline going.
Even before my issues with endometriosis, I enjoyed speed walking to running, yoga to kickboxing, and controlled strength training to heavy duty cardio.
He started to get frustrated when I wanted to take constant breaks when out for a run. I got frustrated when he didn't want to stretch for twenty minutes and do butt clenches.
I can't believe I'm just realizing this NOW. It has taken months of us working out separately for me to have this epiphany. We shouldn't be the couple that works out together! We have a lot of other chances to squeeze in bonding time. And, dare I say it, I think we both really enjoy having our own thing when it comes to fitness. Every couple is different, and I was trying to fit us into a mold that was no longer in our best interests.
You live and you learn.
What do workouts look like in your household? Do you exercise together?