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Couples motivate each other to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Staying fit can be difficult, but health experts say teaming up with your spouse, or another family member, makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle easier. Staying fit can be difficult, but health experts say teaming up with your spouse, or another family member, makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle easier.
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Staying fit can be difficult, but health experts say teaming up with your spouse, or another family member, makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle easier.

“If they sign up as a couple or some in as a family, they’re going to stick with it,” Jill Mills, manager at Anytime Fitness, said. “If one is coming, the other one is coming because they don’t want to be the only one at home while the other one is working out.”

Dietician Candice O’Hare says men and women lose weight differently.

“Men typically do have higher a higher basal metabolic rate at rest,” O’Hare said. “So, they’re burning more calories so they are able to see a quicker weight-loss.”

O’Hare says diet plans that target men are also targeting their spouse and other loved ones.

“If it will spark men to be interested in lifestyle change because they’re seeing more information in the media, if it allows their spouse to be more interested, then more power to them,” O’Hare said. “That’s great. That’s a step in the right direction.”

More diet plans are targeting men, thus also reaching their spouses. One dies that has been popular among men recently is “The Fast Diet.” The book is on the New York Times Best Sellers list and calls for normal eating five days a week and fasting two days a week.

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