One of my favorite things to see here at Empower is when couples come in and workout together. Not only is it great seeing two people taking an interest in improving there health and the way look, but it's incredible the way that it creates bonding and it strengthens their relationships. Very inspiring!
Aside from couples working out together, I've been noticing an interesting phenomena within the members that do not exercise with a significant other. Mainly how it impacts their relationships with their kids, their spouses, and the other relationships in there personal lives. Many of the moms have told me that they have noticed that they have been more patient with their kids and seen more intimacy within their relationships with their spouse. Some member start new relationships and some cases even get married.
Ultimately what I've gotten is that once you start working on the most important relationship you have (the relationship with yourself) you start to feel better and you depend less how other people make you feel. Also when you exercise and eat cleanly a number of important things begin to occur:
- You start to notice an increase in energy.
- You boost your stress tolerance and keep your cool longer.
- You sleep better.
- You notice less aches and pains.
- You experience a boost in your libido.
- You become a better problem solver.
- You surround yourself with positive like minded people.
- You feel a boost in confidence and self-esteem.
So even though we never connect fitness and nutrition with the shape of our relationships, I hope that you can see how important living a healthy active lifestyle can be not just for your health and for how you look, but also for the things that are so important to us. It really does impact so many things that at first seem unrelated but ultimately are linked. Because its about you and the way you feel about yourself. How you see yourself and you relate to yourself will always have a direct impact on how you interact with the world around you.
Daniel Martinez Hixson CPT, FNS