How is our lifestyle influenced by our spouse’s lifestyle changes? Effects of smoking and alcohol consumption have been examined in this regard but few studies have assessed this relationship when it comes to physical activity. A recent study in The American Journal of Epidemiology has done just that.
The study included more than 3,000 married couples aged 45-64 years. Participants were examined twice, at baseline and after 6 years. Physical activity was assessed using questions about the frequency, duration and intensity of sports/exercise and leisure activities.
“There are only positive reasons to exercise. I exercise towards my ambitious goals, but most of all I exercise because it is good for the body and because it gives me energy in my everyday life. Exercise makes life is a breeze”
“My two main reasons for exercising are. Firstly, I would like to spend as much time of my life as possible with my children. To be able to do that, I need to take good care of myself, and at the same time serve as a healthy role model for them integrating sports and play into their childhood upbringing. Secondly, exercise gives me energy, balance and cam. I simply function better when I exercise”
Kent Roger Tangvik, participant in the TV show “71 grader nord”
Share your reason along with a picture under the hashtag #CERGxmas on Instagram to join in. Every day from the 1st-24th of December we will draw a winner who gets an exercise towel and drawstring bag. On Christmas Eve we announce the main winner who wins a dream day at CERG. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!
Another creative initiative to implement physical activity in every-day-life appeared on YouTube the other day. As a PR stunt before the Sotsji Olympic Games the coming winter, a vending machine exchanging 30 squats to a free ticket was placed at a metro station in Moscow. An idea for inactive Norwegians willing to make an extra effort for a free ride?