A study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that a better approach to helping people boost their physical activity, as well as improve health, would be to counsel married couples together, since when one spouse improves or intensifies his or her exercise regimen, the other is likely to get inspired and follow suit.
Co-author Laura Cobb says, “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 they should harness the power of the couple to ensure people are getting a healthy amount of physical activity.”
The study found that when a wife met recommended levels of exercise at the first visit, her husband was 70 percent more likely to meet those levels at subsequent visits than those whose wives were less physically active. When a husband met recommended exercise levels, his wife was 40 percent more likely to meet the levels at follow-up visits.
Needless to say, when it comes to exercise, it helps to know that you’re not in it alone.