After 40 years of marriage, Steven and Kori Burgess have experienced their fair share of physical transformations. In the latest episode of their podcast, they get real about handling changes to your health, weight and appearance as you age together.
Don't Let the "Pandemic Pounds" Ruin Your Self-Esteem
Like many couples, Steven and Kori gained unwanted weight during the pandemic due to inactivity and stress. But they caution against letting your fitness slide, as it can severely impact self-image and satisfaction in your relationship.
"You can get comfortable in being uncomfortable," Kori admits. She advises finding flattering clothes for your current body while actively working to get in better shape through diet and exercise. Don't justify weight gain by blaming your spouse or kids - take personal responsibility!
How Menopause and Andropause Affect Your Looks and Libido
Your hormones change drastically as you enter menopause and andropause. This can mean weight fluctuations, mood swings, low energy and reduced sex drive.
Steven and Kori emphasize being sensitive to what your partner is going through during this transition. Don't nag about their appearance, be helpful instead! Suggest healthy recipes, go on walks together and boost their self-esteem.
Make an Effort to Stay Attractive for Your Spouse
While your natural looks will change over time, Steven and Kori insist you should keep up your grooming and style for your partner.
Little things like wearing nice pajamas, keeping well-groomed facial hair or putting on a flattering dress can go a long way in keeping the spark alive after decades together. Surprise your spouse with a sexy outfit or gift card for new clothes!
Don't Let Hygiene and Grooming Slide
Poor personal hygiene can seriously damage intimacy in a marriage. If your partner has been skipping showers or wearing the same sweatpants for a week, it's time for an intervention!
Kori suggests subtly turning showering into couple time. And if needed, give your spouse the honest feedback that their scent or appearance is unacceptable. Don't be afraid to hurt their feelings - bad hygiene is a dealbreaker.
Encourage Fitness Goals in Your Relationship
Research shows most long-term couples take issue with their partner's weight or fitness level. But Steven and Kori believe you should fully support your spouse's exercise regimen, even if they become super shredded!
Working out shows commitment to health and discipline. Compliment your partner's hard work rather than criticizing their new muscles. And let their dedication motivate you to improve your own physical condition.
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Listen or watch this episode here: YouTube: https://youtu.be/ugYmP7eHXLM?si=7DlJ6kooZqbg44Wk
and Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3GtSlr79sH7i9r3oM9BPzX