Study Finds Healthy Lifestyle Changes Are Easier with a Partner

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

If you’re in a committed relationship, your partner or spouse is most likely the person with whom you spend the most time. Researchers have found that if both partners in a relationship commit to a healthy lifestyle change, the likelihood of success and longevity of the goal increases.

Researchers at University College London reported in JAMA Internal Medicine about a study conducted on the lifestyle habit changes in couples and individuals. The study included 3,722 co-habiting couples aged 50 years or older. During the course of the study, the researchers discovered that partners who shared a positive lifestyle changing goal were more likely to succeed than couples where only one person was making changes.

Nearly half of both sexes were able to quit smoking successfully if their partner did the same, compared with only an eight percent success rate if their partner did not quit. The smokers whose partner was a non-smoker also did not have as high as a success rate. This may be because they were still attempting to make the change alone.

A similar success rate was seen with 66 percent of women and 67 percent of men who were able to increase their daily exercise successfully from a previously inactive lifestyle if their partner was also making the change. Among those who tried to improve their physical activity without a partner’s cooperation, only 24 and 26 percent were successful, respectively.

Finally, the weight loss group found 36 percent of women and 26 percent of men were successful when their partner shared the same weight loss goals. Partners who tried to lose weight without a partner’s participation saw only a 15 percent success rate for women and 10 percent of men.

Group Goal Setting Helps Keep Lifestyle Changes Longer

Even if you don’t have a partner or spouse to join you in making healthy lifestyle changes, finding a friend or relative willing to do so might also help. Support groups for weight loss and smoking cessation have had positive reactions from many participants. Most local communities have fitness classes, walking clubs, and other group physical activities to get together with like-minded people.

Physical fitness and healthy lifestyles are an important part of overall health, especially for disabled individuals. If you are disabled and can no longer work and earn a substantial income, Disability Help Group can help you secure disability benefits. Call today for help with your Social Security disability benefits claim – 1-(800)-800-3332.