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Couples' Workout

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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Couples' Workout - Tuesday, February 12, 2008On average, 1/2 of individuals who start an exercise program drop out within 6 months. Studies have shown that social support increases the likelihood of sticking with a fitness regimen. Exercising with a partner not only improves adherence, it can also make exercise more fun. Surveys have indicated that most people prefer to exercise with others rather than alone.

Good exercise choices for couples:

In the end, working out with your partner can lead to a better overall union as the two of you find ways to spend time together and improve your health. Whether you head to the gym, go outside, or stay at home, shaping up with your significant other can turn a bland, perfunctory workout into something fun, intimate, and rewarding. Working out together allows you to shoot for common fitness goals, but it also allows you to grow together as a couple.

Read more:
  • Wallace JP, Raglin JS, Jastremski CA. Twelve month adherence of adults who joined a fitness program with a spouse vs without a spouse. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 1995 Sep; 35(3): 206-13.
  • Erling J, Oldridge NB. Effect of a spousal-support program on compliance with cardiac rehabilitation. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1985; 17:284.
  • Gale JB, Eckhoff WT, Mogel SF, Rodnick JE. Factors related to adherence to an exercise program for healthy adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1984 Dec; 16(6):544-9.
  • Raglin J. Factors in exercise adherence: influence of spouse participation. Quest 2001, 53:356-61.
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