Your Husband’s Health & Your Influence

It should come as no surprise to you that I am going to be a proponent of your husband’s health. After all, I write about women’s health all the time on my blog, Peak313 Fitness. Valentine’s Day is in a couple of days so what better way to share love with him, than to encourage him in his pursuit of health!

I don’t think I need to build a case as to why you need your husband to be in good health. I know that I want mine around for a LONG time! I want him to experience an excellent quality of life and I want him to set an example for our children. We also can’t forget that God does place an importance on our bodies as temples of His Spirit. We do have a responsibility to steward them well.

Here are 3 ways that you can help your husband enhance the quality of his health:

1.) Help him create time in his busy schedule for fitness.

My husband is a very thin guy by nature, but doesn’t really enjoy exercising to the extent that I do. We look at his schedule each week and I encourage him to fit it in where there are open spots. And when he is not really wanting to exercise, I kind of push him out of the door, realizing that he’s always happier that he went when he comes back in. He is in a weekly basketball league and while I don’t exactly love that he’s gone for a few hours that night, I try and look at the bigger picture that being part of that league will do for him.

2.) Keep his favorite healthy snacks around.

This begs the question “What are his fav healthy snacks?” Well…ask him! My husband loves having nuts, Greek yogurt and protein bars around the house. I do my best to keep that stocked so that when he is hungry, he has them there to grab. I am also introducing new things to his diet that he may not otherwise like.

3.) Exercise with him.

This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym together, or play 1 on 1 basketball. Maybe you go down in the basement and are beside him while he lifts weights. Maybe the two of you do an ab routine together. We have 2 small children and the reality is, it’s HARD to get 2 adult workouts in in a day! So there are times when this is the only time we can complete it, not to mention we get to be together. (The picture of us, 3 years ago, was the first time we ran a race together. Might be the last time, too! LOL!)

Your Husband's Health & Your Influence

I know that many of you have husbands who are super-resistant to this life change. I’ve had many women email me with this challenge asking how they can best influence their husband towards a healthier life.

1.) Pray

Just like any other life change we may want in our husbands, our first thing we should do is go to our knees in prayer. Ask God to open his heart in this area and to bring people or situations into his life where it may highlight this need in his life. Also pray for your patience and steadfastness. It will be easy to get discouraged if you are the only one heading up health in your home. Remember, our struggles are not against those in this world but this outside of it. Yes, your husband’s health may be a spiritual battle you are fighting.

2.) Live by example.

If you are stressing out about your health whether it’s fitting in your workout, flipping out because you ate dessert, or making everyone else around you unhappy, then why on earth would he want that? This is a good check and balance for me personally. Living a healthy life should enhance not just your life, but everyone else’s around you. Keep the attitude light, fresh, and full of energy. That will go much further than forcing it down anyone’s throat.

3.) Take it slow.

No need to change every single dinner up and make it something he isn’t familiar with. You also don’t need to get him on an intense exercise plan that has him going from 0 to 60 in a matter of one week. Pick one small thing and focus on that for a while. It may take 6 months, a year, or yes, even longer for him to adjust. That’s ok!

Sit down with your hubby…and calendar this week. Ask him how you can help him in his pursuit of health? Can you create room for him in the calendar to exercise? Can you help him find a league that he could be involved in? What kind of healthy snacks can you have around for him? If you sense resistance, step back and pray. Allow God to work on his heart!

 

Press on!

Clare

www.peak313.com

 

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Comments

  1. Elissa Philgence says

    Hi Clare

    Thank you for pointing out how important it is for wives to love and care about their husbands enough to want to help them. I

    have heard it said that their are women who like their husband fat because it makes then, the wives, feel better about themselves. This is so wrong and God is not please. I pray as godly women no one here is doing this because in the end, you will be fix and unhappy, and your children will be with a parent.

    As children of God we should love one another enough to want to put their needs above our. All you tips are good ones and praying is best. If I would add one more that would be getting the whole family, husband and children, involve.

    Peace to you.

  2. Kristin says

    Girl, I was hoping you would point out that SEX is one of the best ways to promote our husbands health!!! Let’s not neglect our men!

  3. steph says

    Love this.. so very true that prayer is the BIGGEST priority when you want your husband to take his health seriously and start making changes! :)

  4. Mandy Kelly says

    Thank you so much for this post Clare! Scott and I decided we each get two nights a week to work out – outside the home – and then on the opposite nights, we try to do somethings inside the home, or go for a walk run. The nights are obviously opposite, but it has been a small step in the right direction! I have also been choosing to make some of our meals a different way in order to let us still eat what we like, without as much of the yucky in it! Small switches! We are noticing a change already. :) Thank you for your encouragement friend! <3

  5. Leslie says

    I needed to read this! My husband has completely dropped off the wagon years ago, and I’m afraid it’s effecting his health and energy levels. I know he works really hard at his job as a resident doctor and has long days, but he hasn’t tried to fit in even a weekly workout. His eating habits at work are much worse than at home, and I’ve been a bit of a nag out of concern. :( I need to start praying for him to have the determination he once had to make changes instead of telling him over and over. Thanks for sharing this with us, Claire!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

  6. says

    Love this Clare!!

    I have been discouraged in the past because I try to eat healthy and then my husband brings “his snacks” into the house which are nothing that I want to be eating. Yet, when they’re in the house and we’re in a rush sometimes they get eaten by myself and the kids whether I like it or not (I know, I should have more self-control!!).

    My husband is a computer programmer / technology specialist. He has a demanding job with VERY LONG (12-16hrs) days spent in front of the computer eating “coding fuel” (as he refers to his Doritos and Little Debbie snacks!).

    I’ve asked him in the past to workout with me, but he’s “too busy.” As a homeschooling mom of four I have found every excuse under the sun not to workout and some of them are very legitimate. However, I just have to stop making excuses and do it. I try to explain this to him, but husbands never listen when it comes to hearing things from “The Wife” :-D

    I will definitely remember your three keys and apply them Pray. Live By Example. Take It Slow. I will stop “nagging” him and trying to push things on him and just follow these more passive steps. Sometimes I think my actions may come across as controlling, but really I’m just concerned about him and want him to be healthier….I want us both to be healthy together.

    Thanks for sharing!

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