Couples definitely have an advantage when they work together.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted University College of London found that couples who undertake a fitness program together were three times more likely to succeed at their goals than those going it alone. The Study, entitled: The influence of partner’s behavior on health behavior change: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, looked at 3722 married and cohabitating couples. It focused on three areas of lifestyle or behavior: smoking, exercise and obesity. In all areas, the study found that when one partner in a couple changed to a healthier behavior, the other partner was more likely to make positive health behavior changes than if their partner remained unhealthy.
For couples exercising, men had a 67% success rate at developing healthy exercise routine habits if their female partners joined in, versus a success rate of 26% of those who did it alone. Women had a 66% success rate versus a 24% success rate alone.
In the area of couples trying to lose weight: men had a 26% success rate vs 10% alone. Women did better, their success rate was 36% with their partner vs 15% alone.
For those trying to kick the smoklng habit, men enjoyed a 48% success rate vs just 8% trying to quit alone, and women again did better at 50% success with their partner vs. 8% alone.
This results of this study clearly showed that men and women are more likely to make a positive health behavior change if their partner does too. In my own experience, my wife and I get to spend more time with each other when we workout together. As a couple. grocery shopping is easier when we plan our meals together, and we also have fun competing with each other during workouts. When one of us is slipping or about to do something that will derail all that hard work, the other one keeps us both accountable. Sure, we may get a little bent out of shape sometime, but in the end we know that we are only looking out for each other. We try to set the example for ourselves and for our children on how to live healthy lives and how to have a loving relationship. Get your sweetie involved as a couple and both live a healthier life. Pam and I love the workouts from Beachbody. They are simple, structured , and FUN. Every program has a great nutrition plan that’s easy to follow and flexible to fit your needs, and of course we always drink Shakeology to make sure we get the nutrients and superfoods to power us through our workouts. Shoot me a message for more info. You can find me here on Facebook.
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Source: JAMA, March 2015, The Influence of Partner’s Behavior on Health Behavior ChangeThe English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Authors: Sarah E. Jackson, PhD., Andrew Steptoe, DSc, Jane Wardle, PhD.
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