Hi there fellow CCC readers! Big thanks to Ashley for letting me take over her turf while she is reliving all of the memories of her recent wedding and exploring Europe. To say I am jealous is an understatement!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Talia and I write about head-to-toe wellness in bite size portions over at Bite Size Wellness. It is a huge honor to share some bite size tips about creating healthy habits after you’ve tied the knot. Really, these tips are directed to starting a life together as hubby and wife, but they can be used for any new relationship, BFF’s , roomies or family member that you want to keep a healthy and happy relationship with. Ring or no ring, all of our special connections need a little bit of TLC.
I can relate to the joyous time in Ashley’s life because my 1-year anniversary just passed me by. Time goes so quickly! My now-husband and I dated for 7 years before we tied the knot and even though we have years behind our relationship and had formed lots of great habits with one another, being married brings about many opportunities to pamper your budding love story.
Here are some after the “I do” health tips to cherish the “this-is-the-most-wonderful-time-of-our-lives” moment for the long-haul:
- Sweat Together: Prior to being engaged, working out was a part of my life but with a wedding dress in sight my gym habits were kicked into high gear. Even bathing suit season never got this much attention! But just quickly as the wedding workout hustle came on, it faded. Prevent letting your love life derail your gym goals by scheduling those sweat sessions with your permanent roommate for some health-driven quality time. You can learn some new moves from your workout partner in crime and be sore TOGETHER!
- Plan a Daily “Debrief”: Sometimes life goes into overdrive and you can both get caught up in bouncing from one thing to another without giving focused quality time to your honey. Get in the habit of setting aside 30 minutes at the end of your day to simply talk about the day’s happenings. Many marriages quickly shift into coming home, turning on the TV and separating into show-induced comas until it is time to sleep. Setting aside that special time to talk will be treasured! (P.S. Another tip is to pick out a show you both like so TV time is still time together on the couch. Like Ashley, my husband and I are huge fans of The Next Food Network Star!).
- Schedule a Date Night Often: The wooing may be over, but special nights out need to still make the calendar. A simple dinner, movie night, day hike, picnic or anything fun where you can enjoy each other’s company is essential to keep the spark burning long after the vows. You can talk about important stuff and whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears all night. Cute, right?
- Make a Joint Goal List: This can be completely logistical like buy a house, have kids, save money. But it should also include fun “wish-list” type to-dos such as going on an extravagant vacation to a tropical place or re-painting the apartment in funky, fun colors. Projects that you can do as a team bring your bond closer than ever.
- Fall into your New Life Naturally: Setting your own rhythm, rulebook and home/life expectations is probably the most important newlywed tip I can give. You don’t have to act a certain way, have perfect home-cooked meals every night or hold yourself into following any couple comparisons that you may have. This phase of your life is about discovery, adjustment and making your life your own. The wedded bliss will easily follow with that in mind for years to come!
Congratulations Ashley! Cheers to a happy and healthy life together!
Talia Tugman lives in New York City with her nearly new husband. In an effort to be in touch with living a healthy lifestyle in a new city, Talia is sharing enlightened wellness living information with others served in bite size portions on her blog Bite Size Wellness.