Exercising is “likely” to inspire your spouse to do the same, according to a new study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
According to study co-author Laura Cobb, “the best peer pressure to get moving could be coming from the person who sits across from you at the breakfast table” and there’s “an epidemic of people in this country who don’t get enough exercise” so we should “harness the power of the couple” in order to ensure that people are getting enough exercise.
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 […] 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.
The study, which was published in the journal EurekAlert, also suggests that it’s more effective to counsel married couples together instead of individually when it comes to helping them boost their physical activity in order to improve their health.
Researchers behind the study examined records beginning in 1987 which followed a group of more than 15,000 middle-aged adults from communities across Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and North Carolina. The records were derived from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.
The ARIC study was executed as a collaborative study with support from the following National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts:
In comparison to wives who were less physically active than recommended, the data showed that when a wife had met the recommended levels of exercise upon the first visit, her husband was 70 percent more likely to meet those levels at follow-up. In the case of a husband meeting those recommended exercise levels, the wife is 40 percent more likely to meet the recommended levels at subsequent visits.
In other spousal coverage here on Immortal News, a man in Ohio called 911 and said his wife stole his cocaine. He was later arrested by authorities on an active warrant.
What are your thoughts on the conclusions drawn by researchers from this recently published study?