Recently, an English study found that adults over 30 are more likely to get up off the couch if reminded by their loved ones. In fact, the least active participants told researchers that they needed and appreciated pestering by spouses and children. These findings were recently presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society in London. A 2010 German study showed that people are more apt to regularly exercise if in committed relationships. The study suggested that partners tend to encourage and monitor healthy behaviors.
So, how can a loved one be supportive, without doing it in a negative way? Miami-based psychiatrist and wellness expert Gabriela Cora says, “If you are constantly – and negatively – trying to push someone to do something by saying ‘you should go to the gym’ or ‘stop eating so much’ then the other person is going to feel awful and ignore you in self-defense. “On the other hand, if you nag but associate it with a positive result, this could make a difference.”
Psychotherapist Tina Tessina of Long Beach, California suggests taking the weight loss issue off the table, and instead focus on health, longevity and fun. She says, “If you cook healthy food, invite your partner to take walks with you and generally live a healthier lifestyle, that’s the best way to influence your partner.” And, it’s also important to practice what you preach. “You can nag all you want but if you sit on the couch all day and eat junk food, nobody will take you seriously,” says Shelton Masse, a fitness trainer from Chicago……. www.philly.com