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Kevin Helliker of the Wall Street Journal has a fun article about the challenges encountered when one partner in a relationship is an avid exerciser and the other isn’t:
The exercise widow often wakes to an empty bed—a sure sign of a morning workout—and may find dinner plans spoiled by a sudden avoidance of anything heavy before a night run. Hoping for an hour of television or catching-up before bedtime? Forget it: All that early-morning exercise takes its toll. Mr. Waxman arrives home from the office after his children, ages 11, 10 and 8, have eaten dinner, and he hits the sack before they do. “I’m out of gas by nine o’clock,” Mr. Waxman says.
“A lot of wives in my position would have left,” Ms. Waxman says…
Last summer, Mrs. Waxman persuaded her parents and her husband’s parents to join her in what she calls “a family intervention”—a flurry of letters to Mr. Waxman urging him to exercise less.
The article doesn’t actually come up with any statistics to suggest that this is a common or growing problem. It’s basically just a collection of anecdotes, but they’re interesting — and will probably sound familiar to some readers!