Spouses Are an Excellent Influence for Healthy Living, Study

A new study shows that spouses could sway each other towards doing what the other is likely used to do. When the other spouse tend to eat more , the other would definitely do the same and if the other is up to eating healthy foods then the other spouse would follow the same kind of foods. The same reasoning is involved when it comes to exercise routines.

An observation submitted by the researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD explains that it is expected that one spouse would be able to reach the right level of exercise when the other spouse is totally there to give support . It shows that counseling married couples concerning health and exercises together is more likely to succeed than counseling each separately .

“When it comes to physical fitness, the best peer pressure to get moving could be coming from the person who sits across from you at the breakfast table,” says study co-author Laura Cobb, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins. “There’s an epidemic of people in this country who don’t get enough exercise, and we should harness the power of the couple to ensure people are getting a healthy amount of physical activity.”

Researchers reported that the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans set by the Us Department of Health and Human Services are only met by less than half of the adults in the US  and that the couples are more engaged to the activity as one tend to get encouragement from the other.

According to Cobb, “We all know how important exercise is to staying healthy. This study tells us that one spouse could have a really positive impact on the other when it comes to staying fit and healthy for the long haul.”

One does what the other does.


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