The Importance of Exercise for your Marriage

Goals and Dreams, Relationship Design


Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Marc Zalmanoff of

Although dangerous, I would assume most educated people (i.e. you reading this right now) understand the benefits of regular exercise.
Primarily, it’s good for you but I won’t bore you with all the stats and details on this fact.
Did you also know that regular exercise can be an integral part of a long lasting, happy marriage as well? There is something to be said about taking care of yourself.
Since science has only evolved so much, the body you currently have is the only one you get!! And if you don’t take care of it, well, you’ll be living in the equivalent of a shack on legs.
Exercise makes you better, which is something I believe we should all be striving towards. You look better, you feel better, you hold your head a little higher, and internally you function at a higher level.
Oftentimes in relationships we look for ways to serve our partner, doing whatever we can to meet their desires and dreams. But if we don’t take care of ourselves first, how can we possibly handle the responsibility of another?
Please note: taking time to exercise is NOT a selfish act! In my personal and very biased opinion, it’s one of the best things you can do, and one of the most important ways you can serve your significant other.
By taking the time to take care of your physical body, you are showing your partner you care. You care to be healthy. To be around as long as possible. You show you want to be attractive for your partner, regardless of the aging process.
When you have children, you set a wonderful example of what a healthy couple looks like and why it’s important. You typically have less stress, and are able to deal with the stressor of everyday life in a much healthier way. And let’s be honest, when you’re in good physical shape, sex is just so much better!
Exercise doesn’t have to be an elaborate plan, just make time to do something regularly.
Plus, when possible workout with your spouse (word of warning guys, don’t try to train your wife…it never ends well!). It’s a great bonding experience and allows both of you to be vulnerable and struggle together. Which is another layer to create a healthy, BETTER, marriage.
Here is a simple workout you can do at home, with no equipment required. Using these 3 basic moves…squats, pushups, and situps…you can get an effective workout in just 20 minutes (and yes I realize it sounds like an informercial). Set a timer for 20 minutes. At the beginning of each minute, perform 5 squats, 7 pushups, and 10 situps. The faster you go, the more rest you’ll have in between rounds. Now go make it happen!

And if you’re interested in getting started on an amazing online 21 day program that covers numerous facets of health and wellness, both physical and mental, click here for details.
Aaannnddd GO!!
Marc “The Fitness Ninja” Zalmanoff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and has been in the fitness industry for the past 13 years. He currently operates his training business in Plano, TX, and offers online training and coaching as well. For more information about The Fitness Ninja and his services, visit