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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

Check out my Work It, Mom! profile and my blog, Dutch Blitz.

Do you and your spouse work out together?

Categories: dating, fitness, marriage


We live in an active community, and I know a number of couples who share both marital love and a love of the same physical activities. One couple runs together and they both race. Another couple like mountain biking on rugged trails and entering mountain biking events. Yet another couple enjoys hockey and play in the same league.

My husband and I … are nothing like them.

I run three days a week, attend boot camp twice a week, and do something else on the sixth day (I’m meeting a friend to hike up a local mountain this morning). My husband hates running but will run for the sake of a good workout. We ran together once, but he has such long legs (he’s 6′2″) that he might as well have been walking next to me as I ran. He likes to go to the gym and lift weights, whereas I have no idea what to do with the gym equipment unless my boot camp instructor is at the front of the class yelling out instructions. He’s recently taken up mountain biking, but aside from helping my son on a school bike trip in the spring, I haven’t ridden a bike for the purpose of exercise in at least three years. Maybe four.

How about you? Do you and your spouse share a love of the same activities? Or do you use it as “me time”?

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2 comments so far...

  • We sure don’t! He plays hockey and runs FAST and FAR! I skate, and run (slowly and not so far). I also belong to the gym and he has weights in the basement. Neither are used very often :)

    Heather  |  September 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 am

  • The Mr. & i have, on occasion gone running together. it’s more to help me b/c he runs so much more than i do. (your walking next to you comment- i can relate. The Mr. is 6′3 & i’m not)

    we actually don’t get the chance to do this very often. in fact, just last thursday we ran together for the first time since last christmas time.

    thank goodness he was there!
    b/c i ran. and then i fell. and i broke a tooth (or2) and scabbed up my knee & hand mighty good. bruised the other knee for good measure.
    it is still painful.
    i hate that it happened when we could finally be together. but obviously, worked out well with him being there & could take care of me/things. (i was driving HOME from the dentist 2 hours later!)

    maybe we never exercise together again.

    mpotter  |  November 6th, 2012 at 11:45 pm