Couples Better To Succeed In Weight Loss As A Unit
It has long been recognized that having a “workout buddy” or “diet partner” makes it much easier to get motivated and lose weight, but a recent study performed by doctoral student Laura Cobb at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown that in married couples, it pays to have both partners attempting the same workout plan. Medical News Today says: “The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, set by the US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week.”
While the effects of partner initiated dieting has been proven in the past, this is a new breakthrough in the study of activeness in couples. Previous studies have shown support in the theory that if one half of a married unit begins a new diet plan, and the spouse takes on the same nutrition then the diet is usually more successful. The same can now be said for partners who exercise together and incorporate these activities into their lifestyle.
Looking At The Numbers
The numbers that support this latest breakthrough come from a study that included 3261partners who participated in a research trial that began in 1987. When the trial began, the research team recognized that of the wives, thirty-three percent met the recommended levels for activity, while forty percent of husbands met the save goal. After the first check in with the research team the level of activity in males had risen to seventy percent, and due to this increase, the women in the trial saw their activity levels rise another ten percent in teams where the husband’s level had increased. Cobb is quoted by Dispatch Times in stating: “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”
Ultimately, the results have shown a positive increase in the recreational levels of men and women when partners were encouraging them through their own participation. Of course, as seen above, men did benefit more from this partnership in activity than women, but the results are still very distinctive in how effective the approach could be.
What This Means For Future Research
The implications of this research brings the world one step closer to victory in the battle against obesity and heart illness, while also making it easier for the average American to gain some footing while working to lose weight. With so many excuses made regularly for the low average of activity by the majority of people worldwide, finding a healthy medium by initiating these activities with your partner may make it easier to stay focused and motivated while leading a healthy lifestyle. West Texas News reports: “Not many people exercise in the nation. Therefore, they should derive the benefit of the findings in order to ensure that people do sufficient level of physical activity. As per the study, spouse is 40 to 70% more likely to perform the recommended level of exercise if other spouse does.”
This positive impact made in both dietary and exercise habits reinforce the thought that it’s always easier to overcome obstacles and create lasting routines when everybody in the household gets involved. Future research could focus on how much the activity of married parents effects young children and teens in the same family, and whether it helps increase or maintain a healthy lifestyle in terms of eating and working out as well.
American Standards Being Reached
The standard for exercise in the United States tends to vary with some experts suggestion that just 20 minutes a day in the form of a walk, run, or bike ride is enough, while others argue that the minimum per day should be closer to 1 hour up to 150 minutes, rather than 20 minutes. Perhaps the 20 minute workout would work if activated throughout the day 3 or 4 times, but on its own it does seem low on the scale of acceptable minimums for a healthy life. The CDC suggests: “For most people, light daily activities such as shopping, cooking, or doing the laundry doesn’t count toward the guidelines. Why? Your body isn’t working hard enough to get your heart rate up.”
With this in mind, it may be no surprise that so many people find it difficult to create a long lasting exercise regimen, but with the help of a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, or even roommate, this might get easier. If the people you live with are actively participating in your healthy lifestyle it will be much easier to support each other, motivate each other to get up and go when it gets difficult to find the energy for such activities, and to keep each other on track in the form of proper eating, and an overall healthy nutrition plan.
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