How often do you and your partner plan your week of workouts, wellness and healthcare needs like meals, massages, walks, meditation completely separately from one another? It's great to have individual space and needs met, but imagine of instead of going this alone, we planned, worked out with and generally practiced wellness TOGETHER with our spouse, side by side. Wouldn't it cut out about half the work and ensure that each of you made it to your workouts 50% more often? In this post, I want to provide some ideas for structuring a couples' wellness plan that is sustainable and actionable.
Try to get up before the kids and practice yoga and meditation together. Take turns figuring out your routines or picking out videos you'd like to use. I suggest at least 15 minutes of yoga and 15 minutes of meditation. After your couples' practice, take turns getting up and caring for the kids, taking showers, eating breakfast. As a family, plan for 2o minutes to practice a kid friendly yoga stretch and mindfulness meditation for a total of about 15-20 minutes so the kids also start their day off feeling confident, relaxed and connected to themselves.
At breakfast, try adding in a smoothie or fresh juice that the whole family will like. Many parents report that kids will eat veggies when they're whipped into a fun smoothie that looks and smells great and is fun to eat! My kids are even bigger fans of green juice than I am! It is soo healthy and soo yummy.
If you work near each other, how bout meeting to take a walk or have lunch and catch up with no kids scrambling around you? Most couples find that even one hour per week of no-kid conversation can really strengthen their bond.
After the kids are in bed, you can do a workout video together one night, the next night, take a bath and exchange couples' massage to wind down from your day. Alternating exercise nights with wellness nights can be a great rhythm to get into.
You can make soups in the winter which are nourishing and comforting. If you are trying to eat mostly paleo, plan to make the same meal you eat for your kids. They love to eat just like you and will be setting up some great life habits.