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What Sports Can Teach You About Marriage

Marriage Lessons From Sports

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Photo ©  Sheri Stritof
Photo © Sheri Stritof
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Paddling: Getting out of your kayak can be tricky.
Dealing with relocating can be tricky, too. Make sure as you make your plans that you share both your hopes and fears about the move.

Paintball: A key to having fun in paintball is to have everyone on the same page.
To make sure you don't put yourselves or your marriage relationship on hold, talk about how the two of you can connect with each other each day.

Pilates: Using a fitness ball challenges you to stay balanced.
Keep balance in your lives by being aware of the warning signs that you may be running on empty.

Poker: Don't bluff just for the sake of bluffing.
If either of you have been dishonest or unfaithful, realize that although your marriage can be saved, it will take time to rebuild trust between the two of you.

Pool/Billiards: Visualize where you want your ball to go.
Don't just dream or think about a caring, respectful, loving marriage. Tell your spouse about the importance of mutuality to you.

Powerboating: Know your boat.
Know your spouse by using these conversation starters.

Rodeo: Rodeo has lasting traditions from its roots -- continued growth -- ability to change while remaining true to the spirit of rodeo.
Personal rituals and traditions can help you reaffirm your love for each other and keep you connected.

Running & Jogging: When you hit a plateau or find yourselves in a rut, don't give up.
Getting out of a rut in your marriage can be difficult. Remember it took time to get in the rut and it will take time to get out of it.

Sailing: Let the sails breathe.
You can reduce stress in your lives by making time to breathe together.

Saltwater Fishing: Enjoy the experience of just being there.
No matter how busy the two of you are, make time for one another.

Skateboarding: Conquer your fears. Take time. Practice. Commit.
If you want to overcome jealousy in your marriage, you need to face your fears about losing your spouse, admit your jealous behavior, set ground rules together, and be willing to seek professional help.

Skiing: Don't always try to go around the bumps.
As a married couple, you are bound to hit some bumps in the road. Talk about the issues. Don't bicker about them.

Snowboarding: Be prepared.
Be prepared to accept that your happiness must come from within yourself.

Soccer: Many folks play soccer because it is a simple game to understand, it improves your physical fitness, and it is fun.
Part of creating a successful marriage is scheduliing date nights, laughing together, relaxing together, and having fun together.

Surfing: Pick a wave that is not broken.
Sometimes love isn't enough. Know the answers to these deal breaker questions before you get married.

Swimming: Once you know water, it can be a fun place to be.
Make time before you get married to discuss these important issues.

Table Tennis/Ping-Pong: Get a grip.
Face it. nagging doesn't work.

Tennis: When playing doubles, pick the right partner.
This applies to your marriage, too. Pick the right spouse.

Track & Field: Gliding over hurdles without breaking stride is a basic skill for runners.
A basic skill to help you get over hurdles in your marriage is communication.

Volleyball: Practice makes perfect.
The more often you share what is in your heart and your feelings with one another, the stronger your marriage will be.

Walking: Pay attention to warning signs.
Your marriage is probably in trouble if you think it is in trouble. Know the warning signs of a troubled marriage.

Waterskiing: Don't overdo it. Be yourself.
Kristin Armstrong's advice to brides is to not "leave their true selves behind at the altar."

Weight Training: Know and understand your body clocks.
If one of you is an early bird and the other is a night owl, your sleep preference differences could hurt your marriage. One suggestion is to make the most of your "overlapping" hours together.

Wrestling: Know what's real and what's fake.
If you think your spouse is lying to you, ask questions and for clarification. You could misread your spouse's behaviors.

Yoga: If you decide to improve your physical fitness through strength, flexibility, and muscle control and concentrate on the present moment, your sex life may improve.
Here are other ways to keep the spark in your married sex life.

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