Physical fitness is key to the success of all athletes. Their physical fitness journey begins with a desire to be better than the next athlete and the greatest at their sport. This mindset permits them to prepare their bodies and mind for success. Being mentally prepared helps athletes to work out consistently to fine-tune their skills and maintain a diet that supports their physical health and goals. These are all similar to the care given to healthy relationships. Some experts believe that healthy relationships also begin with being emotionally mature. There is no doubt that mental preparedness is a contributing factor.
Being self-aware enough to give your best self is a conscious decision and part of the elements that support bringing health and stability to partnerships. As a means of bringing honesty and authenticity within yourself and towards others, you develop a strong sense of worth for any interactions. These qualities and characteristics demonstrate a willingness to be vulnerable and conscious of your emotions. They fuel a desire to love unconditionally despite past relationship failures.In your relationship, emotional fitness will help you solve and inadvertently resolve the inevitable and widespread conflicts that may occur from personal differences. While you can never engage in battle alone or argue with yourself, it does take two to tango, and it always begins with one. After all, fires don’t ignite all by themselves. It is because we have control over only our actions. Just as you can take action to be in good shape, you can also take steps to become healthier in your relationship. Developing these attributes will strengthen your fitness in your relationship:
1. Respect. Every human being craves and deserves respect, and you do, too! So, give it freely and take it for yourself.
2. Loyalty. Be a team player and “have the back” of your spouse and others with whom you connect. Show your partner that your affection and support are unswerving.
3. Be a friend first. Many people credit their life-long relationships to their partner becoming their closest friend. A best friend gives you unconditional love. Your partner deserves this too.
4. Understanding. None of us are perfect. We come with our quirks. Your partner’s unique personality can be one of many reasons you fell in love with them. Be understanding and patient. Put yourself in their shoes. It will help you to appreciate their perspective.
5. Tolerance. It is wise to be careful with judgments and criticisms. Cultures, race, ethnicity, and socialization shape and color us differently, like a rainbow. It is sometimes difficult, but therein lies the beauty of our humanity.
6. Kindness. Kindness goes a long way toward sweetening relationships and reminding people why they appreciate you.
7. Trust. We’re only human, and everyone makes mistakes. The keys to absolute trust are respect and friendship in your relationship first. Give your partner room for errors.
8. Independence. Avoid dependency on one another. It’s essential to spend some time alone and away from each other. Develop and nurture separate hobbies and friendships. Your partner can be the center of your universe without the pressure of trying to be your entire world. You’ll both benefit from the space. Being fit in your relationship takes courage. It also takes courage and confidence to demonstrate your better self. It means pushing past the miscommunication and hurt feelings we sometimes experience with our significant other. It means being honest about our ideals, needs, and desires for ourselves, the relationship, and our individual and joint futures. A fit relationship exercises rules that enable you to make good choices and be mindful of building a better you and a lasting relationship