According to study with 842 patients:
I ponder outcomes a lot. Thinking back on big wins and hard losses, I wonder what factors came into play. In fitness, many people do it alone. Even if they have a partner, we, the fitness professionals, often see them arrive at the gym alone, prepping meals alone, meeting with nutritional guidance alone, attending doctor’s visits alone, posting questions on online message boards alone.
Personal improvement is a lonely sport. So, it makes sense on all kinds of levels that a spouse doing the same would improve outcomes. Certainly, I’ve seen it backfire too, wherein the husband perhaps more quickly and easily loses weight while the wife toils. But, on the other hand, I think about some of the couples I’ve coached jointly, and how their overall trajectory is on average better when they walk the journey hand-in-hand.
Not to be dismissive, but this study only has 842 participants; and I’ve observed tens of thousands of gym-goers and thousands of clients. Inevitably, the path will separate. One will be more serious than the other. One will be more driven than the other. One will be more honest with himself than the other. One will be more committed to ￼the success than the other. BUT, I think it still is worthwhile to request a supporter on the difficult road you begin.
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