A recent study by a Tel Aviv researcher has found that the ‘power of couple’ can help get both spouse’s moving more and lead to better health. The following is a key excerpt from the article, which you can go read in full here:
“The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommends that adults should exercise at a moderate intensity for a minimum of 150 minutes per week or at a vigorous intensity for at least 75 minutes per week. During the first visit, 45% of husbands and 33% of wives met these recommendations. Six years later, they 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. Likewise, when a husband met recommended exercise levels, his wife was 40% more likely to meet the levels at follow-up visits.”
To us, this is more proof of the power of peer support and our social networks (close and extended) on our daily habits and overall health. We are all connected to each other some fashion, even in seemingly minor ways. In just a few minutes time, why not start one of DE’s highly configurable, affordable “DIY” wellness challenges today with your spouse and other close and extended social networks, including other family, friends, and colleagues today and find out for yourself?