2016 is here, ready or not. With the new year most of us want to make improvements in our lives. For many that includes a renewed focus on fitness and health. When beginning a new exercise routine, most will struggle with consistency. Research shows that if you begin your “program” with someone, you are more likely to be consistent. Therefore, why not team up with your wife for your fitness goals? Have you ever regularly exercised together? (If your wife cannot join you for some reason, consider your children.) You will not only be consistent in getting exercise but your hearts will be drawn together with more in common.

Teri and I have walked together most days through the years. It is a wonderful time of talking while getting fresh air and exercise. Almost ten years ago Teri learned that weight training is very good for preventing osteoporosis, so we added strength training several days a week. For those who are curious, our strength program of choice uses kettle bells. They are inexpensive, improve agility, require very little room, and can demand a high amount of energy per minute to burn calories and tone muscles. 

Don’t be like the couple who said they don’t spend much time together because they have different interests. Sadly, they believe that being apart is better for their relationship than being together.

Each saved couple has the Lord in common, and that bond alone is beyond exciting. In addition, the great amount of time and prayer the two of you expend together while discipling the children will draw your hearts together. Having things in common is a choice not a matter of “luck.”

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6)