They say that opposites attract, but if you scan a newspapers photos of couples celebrating silver and golden anniversaries, youd swear the secret to a long and happy marriage is to wed someone who looks just like you.
Thats because shared habits and experiences shape facial expressions, wrinkles and folds, creating similarities between a husband and wife that werent there when they were younger.
But superficial worry lines arent all that can develop as years go by. Research shows that some couples become similarly unhealthy: If one person in a couple is obese, theres a 37 percent chance the other will become obese too. And if one person has Type 2 diabetes, then the other has a 26 percent increased risk of developing it.
But what we noticed about these studies was that many more of you do not become obese or develop diabetes when your partner does. And were interested in supporting you to become The Influencer in your house by making better health fun even seductive.
Make a walking date: Take a daily stroll for 10 days running (itll set the habit). Then get pedometers and aim for 10,000 steps a day.
Eliminate anything with added sugar or syrup and trans fats, any grain thats not 100 percent whole, and red meat. Your kitchen makeover? A weeks menu featuring ingredients and dishes youve never tried before.
Remember, share hugs and laughter.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.