Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Sickness, Laziness than Health for Married Couples

Think back to any first date (or second or third). How long did you spend preparing and working hard to look and feel your best for that special someone? Maybe you went on a diet, worked out a lot more and meticulously picked out the perfect outfit to knock the socks off Mr. or Mrs. Right. Heck, when you were (or if you are) single and looking, chances are you placed a good deal of importance on looking and feeling your best - whatever that may be for you specifically. Well, sadly, if you love looking and feeling your best, you may want to stay unattached according to researchers.

Not that being in a relationship makes us stop caring about our appearances, but most often we are so comfortable around the ones we love that we don't go out of our way on a daily basis to look like "10s". Sure, we all dress up for special occasions (don't we?), but being comfortable and in love makes us secure and confident in 'just being ourselves', which often leads to the steady disappearance of healthy habits like a nutritious, balanced diet and physical activity, a new study has found.

In a study from Loughborough University, commissioned by the UK Department of Health, a mixed sample of 100 single, married or divorced adults were asked about their exercise habits and were subsequently given accelerometers to wear for two weeks, to track their physical activity levels. According to the study results, 76% of married men and 63% of married women were not meeting the recommended 150 minutes per week of physical activity including running, cycling, swimming or playing sports. In single or divorced people, those numbers were much lower, with 24% for men and 33% for women.

Since there are numerous important health benefits of staying physically fit and regularly raising your heart rate, including the prevention of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, we've all got to keep moving! While life can get crazy and lounging with your loved one might sound like a great idea, why not make 'couples exercise sessions' part of your routine? Go for walks, jogs or even spinning classes together at least 3 times a week. Not only will you feel better about yourself and be healthier, but improving your physical fitness may add that little extra spark to your relationship which might have fizzled away ever so slightly as that beer belly started to grow!


Joe Montgomery said...

Even regardless of how attractive we feel we might need to be for others, everyone should still try to exercise often! It makes you feel better, be healthier, and live longer. No downside!