Need some exercise inspiration? You may need to look no further than the person you’re married to. A study conducted by investigators from Baltimore, belonging to the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed that if a spouse does more physical exercise, their partner will follow suit. The study was presented at the EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions, organized by the American Heart Association, the Wallstreet OTC reported.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services released The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, according to which adults are recommended to perform at least 150 minutes of mild aerobic exercise or strenuous aerobic exercises for 75 minutes every week.
A report from the CDC in 2012 found that not even half of the US population follows these recommendations. The solution to this problem could be to counsel married couples on health together.
The co-author of the study, Laura Cobb said that when it comes to physical exercise, the best pressure comes from your partner. She recommends that couples use this power to improve their health conditions, 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), over a 2-year period, 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 Wallstreet OTC reported. The couples went to two medical visits, scheduled 6 years apart.
They discovered that if the wife followed the guidelines of the first visit, the husband was 70% more likely to follow her lead. If the husband followed the guidelines of the first visit, the wife was 40% more likely to meet the recommendations in the second visit.
The study is based on the discoveries made in an earlier research report in January by Medical News Today.