4 Ways to Boost Your Health–and Your Marriage!

Today’s guest post is from Gaye at Calm. Healthy. Sexy–who wants to share with us how healthy can be sexy! I know usually on Tuesdays I do top 10 posts, but I thought we could handle just four points for today, since they’re all great! So here are 4 ways to boost your health–and your marriage!

Boost your health & marriageYou possess an amazing power.  Did you know that?  All women possess this power, although many aren’t aware of it.  Don’t worry – it’s not a weird “magic” sort of power.  It’s simply this – the power to improve your health, and at the same time to strengthen your marriage.  Many of the health problems we experience are tied to our habits – the choices we make in our lives, day in and day out.  Fatigue, irritability, and low energy, as well as serious condition like diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, are closely linked to those daily habits and choices.  Our “power,” though, is that we can improve things like our energy and vitality and reduce our risk of getting sick, simply by making different choices and establishing new ways of doing things.  Here are 4 habits that can unleash your power to improve your health, while creating additional benefits for your marriage.

 4 Ways to Boost Your Health–and Your Marriage!

 1. Move your body every day.  My #1 health tip for women is to get up and move your body every day.  Some of that movement (4 or 5 times a week) should be exercise – 30 minutes or so of planned activity that raises your heart rate and breaks a bit of a sweat.  And some of it should simply be moving your body throughout the day – getting up from your desk, off the couch and out of the car and just moving.  That combination – planned exercise plus regular movement – provides tremendous benefits, including increased energy, reduced stress, better sleep, and decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  You don’t have to go to a gym – instead, find ways to incorporate exercise and movement into your day.  Walk at lunch, walk while the kids practice soccer, dance with your husband, exercise with a DVD, or ride bikes as a family – anything that gets you up and moving.

Marriage Benefit – Regular exercise helps you look and feel better.  It helps you take charge of your body, rather than feeling like pregnancy, breastfeeding, childrearing and aging have taken charge and are ruining it!  All of these things build confidence, which can benefit all areas of your marriage, especially sex and intimacy.  Plus, exercising with your husband creates a bond and a shared interest.  My husband and I have walked and talked while our boys rode bikes, while they played at the playground, and before, during and after their soccer games.  (Now if I could just get him to try dancing!)

 

2. Feed your body well.  Our bodies operate best when we feed them real, whole foods.  They need fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and protein (dairy, fish, meat, or eggs).  They don’t need much added sugar or added chemicals, or any artificial fats. Processed foods, which contain many of those ingredients, contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and they don’t provide the kind of energy most women need to get through their busy days.  In fact, they can make you feel “weighed down,” rather than energized and ready to go.  So begin adding more real foods to your family’s diet, and gradually begin cutting down on processed foods.  Serve fruits as snacks, add an additional vegetable to each meal, make some of your own sweets and treats, add fruits and vegetables to smoothies, and use your Crockpot to make “fast food.”

Marriage Benefit – Eating well helps you and your husband look and feel your best.  It can help both of you lose weight.  Perhaps most important, a healthful diet plays a key role in preventing “lifestyle diseases,” like diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which create worry and stress and can impair sexual performance.  You want to grow old together, and the best way to enjoy your life now and in your later years is to do everything you can to stay healthy.

 

3. Control your family’s schedule.  “Wait a minute,” you may be thinking, “that’s not a health habit.”  Maybe not directly, but your family’s schedule plays a major role in your health, peace of mind and marriage.  Many families are on the go all day, every day.  They’re running from one activity to another – only to collapse into bed at the end of the day and do it all over the next day.  When that happens, there’s little or no time for relaxing, exercising, cooking real food, enjoying family meals, managing stress or simply enjoying life.  Controlling your family’s schedule can help you change that.  The basic idea is simple in concept but difficult in practice – you and your husband control your family’s activities, rather than letting them control you.  Doing so may mean making some tough decisions.  One of the toughest may be that you decide to cut, cancel or streamline some of your children’s activities.  Or maybe you have difficulty saying “no,” and need to unload some of your own commitments.  Either way, bringing your schedule under control will free up time for taking care of your health and mental health and simply enjoying your life as a family.

Marriage Benefit – Controlling your family’s schedule can free up time for you and your husband to focus on each other and your marriage, which is good.  It also allows you to establish your marriage (not your children’s activities) as the focal point of your family, which is great for the two of you and for your children.

 

4. Make love frequently.  Want to feel less stressed and sleep more soundly?  How about reduce pain and boost your immune system?  If so, add more lovemaking to your life.  Regular sex does all of those things and more.  It can also promote bladder control (by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles), increase libido, and reduce high blood pressure.  For husbands, regular sex can improve prostate health and may reduce heart attack risk.  It’s like taking a powerful medication, but cheaper and a lot more fun!

Marriage Benefit – We often think of sex as something that just benefits our husbands, but that isn’t true!  Making love regularly is great for wives, great for husbands and great for the two of you as a couple.  Regular sex brings you closer together.  It “smooths out” some of the rough spots in your marriage, and helps you focus on the things that matter and let go of the things that don’t.  It’s (probably) the primary way your husband builds an emotional connection with you.  And it’s fun – when the daily grind feels a bit too tedious or stressful, sex adds some fun and relaxation to your life.

What are your best tips for boosting your health and strengthening your marriage?  Please share them in the comments – I would love to hear from you.

Head shot finalGaye Groover Christmus is a wife and mom to two almost-grown sons. She has a master’s degree in public health and works as a technical writer and editor in a health field. Her passion, though, is sharing information with married women about ways to slow down, live more calmly, enjoy better health and greater energy, and develop fun and intimacy in their marriages. She believes that knowledge is power, that small steps can lead to big changes, and that women armed with knowledge and a plan can transform their hurried, hectic lives. Gaye blogs at Calm.Healthy.Sexy.

Comments

  1. GREAT reminders, Gaye! And an answer to my prayers this morning (seriously). Thank you.
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  2. Great thoughts, thank you. A good resource for slowing down the pace of life, especially if there are kids in the home, is Rancy Frazee’s book, Making Room for Life. He and his wife did a radical re-balance of their lives, work, play kids’ activities neighboring and friendships.

    My husband and I have gone through a transformation of our eating. We always thought we ate well, but we keep shifting to more and more vegetables, fewer grains and dairy, more organic, etc. Our latest shift-maker is the book, Wheat Belly. It’s a real eye opener and now we are wheat-free and doing great!

    Thanks for your blog.

    • Hi Sharon – Thanks so much. I have not heard about Making Room for Life. I will definitely check that out – it sounds like my kind of book!

      My husband and I read Wheat Belly too and found it fascinating. If even 25% of what the author says is true, we all need to make some big changes in our eating habits! We have cut way down on wheat, and often use Einkorn (which we also learned about in the book) when we are craving pasta or bread.

      Gaye
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  3. Yep, it’s that move every day one I have the hardest time with. What I do has me in front of a laptop many hours of the day, so I have to make a concerted effort to be active. Thanks for the reminder! Great points.
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    • Thanks J. I have to be intentional about it too. My “day job” is entirely sedentary, so I have to make a point of getting up and walking around several times a day. I recently got a sit-stand desk at work, which is great. At home I sometimes put my laptop on several boxes so I can stand and work on my blog, etc. And then I still need to be intentional about getting on the treadmill or lifting weights or getting out for a walk with my husband. The payback for me is that it helps me manage my stress and just generally makes me feel better, so it seems to be worth all the effort it takes. Gaye
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  4. Controlling my family’s schedule is so important. With 3 active kids still at home, I am constantly running. However, your advice has given me an awareness of this fact and I am better able to just say “No” at times. One missed event is not the end of the world if it just drives us all crazy. My husband and I have also created date nights that we try to stay true to. I have also realized that my health is important to my family so if I won’t take care of myself…………for myself…………I should take care of myself for them.
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