5 Exercises to Skip When You’re Married

Posted by: Shel 12 Comments

5 Exercises to Skip When You're MarriedExercising with your spouse is usually a good thing. Not only are you spending time with each other, you are both working together toward a common goal – an activity that reaps benefits in other areas of your marriage. But not all activity is created equal. There are some forms of exercise that, when done with your spouse, could actually harm your marriage. Here are five exercises you should skip when you’re married.

1. Jumping to conclusions. You know what they say about the person who assumes, right? Don’t give yourself an opportunity to prove the old saying correct – ask a few questions (without the accusatory tone)  before making an informed conclusion about any given situation.

2. Stretching the truth. Referred to in some circles as “lying.” Not OK. Unless, of course, you are planning a fabulous surprise for your mate or hiding their gift!

3. Side-stepping the issue. The serious stuff doesn’t go away by ignoring it. Find a stress-free time to talk over those tough topics before they elevate to crisis-mode.

4. Running out of steam. Take care of yourself so you can better take care of and be there for your spouse. There’s a reason flight attendants tell passengers to put their own oxygen mask on before attempting to assist others: doing so makes the person more effective when assisting.

5. Pulling up past grievances. Take a tip from Elsa and let it go, let it go, let it go if you want to have a happy ending!


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  • Cathy Christensen

    Very, very clever. All very good “exercises” to avoid!

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks, Cathy! I KNEW there was some I could find that I wouldn’t feel guilty about avoiding!!

  • Great list, Shel! A sure way to show disrespect is to assume.

    • Shel Harrington

      I hadn’t thought of it like that, Jill, but that really is what it amounts to!

  • great advice and catchy title…it could be a book!

    • Shel Harrington

      Hmmm – not a bad idea, Lin – maybe the title of one of the chapter’s of my WIP!

  • Amen and double amen to all five, Shel. This is an excellent reminder!

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks, Marylin – and I didn’t just say that so I’d have an excuse NOT to exercise! 🙂

  • I really thought this might be about actual exercise. But these are certainly good things to keep in mind – kind of fits with the post I just did about my Grandfather’s advice for a good marriage.

    • Shel Harrington

      Actual exercise is not my forte! I enjoyed your post on your grandfather’s wisdom – a saying that makes people smile, but isn’t really a joke!

  • Shel I really enjoyed these tips. Everyone is a valuable lesson for keeping our relationships healthy thank you. Kath

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks, Kath! I’m always up for a reason to justify not running!

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