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How to get your guy to work out

Guys are funny. I’ve been begging my husband to work out for the past year…to no avail. It was only when I was doing my 20 daily push-ups at home and looking pretty darned fit—and he saw me—that I think he got the hint, subtly. Now he’s doing HIS push-ups everyday (with my 5-year-old son and 20-month-old daughter trying to do theirs, which is the funniest thing ever) and using our home bike much more often. With guys, it’s all about subtlety. You’ve just got to do your thing as if you couldn’t care less what they do. They’ll get the hint all right. And funny story: the other night we were at a friend’s house for dinner and my husband was bragging to them about how many push-ups he’s been doing. When I interjected that he was doing them because I was, this guy friend of ours asked: you’re doing the push-ups from your knees? Talk about insult! “No, I’m actually doing man push-ups…can you believe it?” I told him. Guys. What are you going to do with them!?

One daily change: Stop heckling your guy to get moving. A better strategy: stay committed and once you’re able to do more “guy” push-ups than can be sure, he’ll get off the couch!


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