A study conducted by investigators from Baltimore, belonging to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed that if a spouse does more physical exercise, their partner will do the same. The study was presented at the EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions, organized by the American Heart Association.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services released The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, according to which adults are recommended to perform mild aerobic exercises for at least 150 minutes or strenuous aerobic exercises for 75 minutes every week.
A report from the CDC discovered in 2012 that not even a half of the US population follows these recommendations. The solution to this could be to counsel married couples on health and not separately, but together.
The co-author of the study, Laura Cobb said that when it comes to physical fitness, the best peer pressure is the one that comes from you partner. She recommends that we should use this power to improve our health condition, drawing attention to the fact that there’s a worrying outbreak of people who don’t exercise enough.
The study took into consideration the medical history of 3,261 married couples who were a part of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC), from 1987 to 1989. The body conditions of each spouse were noted at every visit and afterward they were compared with the suggestions made in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The couples went to two medical visits, set 6 years apart.
The conclusion was that if the wife followed the guidelines of the first visit, the husband was 70% likely to follow in her footsteps. And if the husband followed the guidelines of the first visit, the wife was 40% likely to meet the recommendations in the second visit.
This study is based on the discoveries made in an earlier research reported in January by Medical News Today. According to it, it is more probable for a person to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, such as exercising and quitting smoking if they have their partner as an example.
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