Your Partner Might Be To Blame For Your Weight Gai

Relationship weight gain is real, and while it may be one sign of a happy marriage (and really fun to achieve sometimes), it’s not necessarily harmless. 

A recent study from the University of Edinburgh found that the lifestyle choices we make with our partners — including those related to nutrition and exercise — have a greater impact on our health than the habits we shared with our parents and siblings growing up. 

In other words, adults can no longer just blame or thank their genetics for their health, good or bad. Instead, they can blame their partners for regularly stocking the freezer with a hefty supply of Ben & Jerry’s.

The university research team analyzed data provided by 20,000 family members. Participants’ genetics and home environments were compared in childhood and adulthood, then associated with measures that relate to health and obesity. Sixteen total measures were accounted for, including waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, body fat content and BMI. 

On first read, the findings are a bit disheartening, but they’re also very hopeful. If anything, they support the fact that a person’s genetic profile isn’t their fate, and anyone has the ability to change. In the same way a partners can influence each other to be couch potatoes, they can also motive each other to be active, healthy lovebirds.

The choice is yours, together.

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10 Chores That Can Help You Lose Weight

10 Chores That Can Help You Lose Weight

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Tidying the house
Calories burned in an hour: 238 Doing one hour of reaching into cabinets, bending to pick up things on the floor, and tidying the house can definitely get you into shape. An hour of tidying will burn off the equivalent of a small container of McDonalds French fries (230 calories).

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Tidying the house
Calories burned in an hour: 238 Doing one hour of reaching into cabinets, bending to pick up things on the floor, and tidying the house can definitely get you into shape. An hour of tidying will burn off the equivalent of a small container of McDonalds French fries (230 calories).
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Gardening
Calories burned in an hour: 272 Gardening is a fitness powerhouse, and weeding is even better, clocking in at 306 calories burned per hour. Garden for two hours and wash away that 2-scoop hot fudge sundae with whipped cream (550 calories) you ate after dinner.
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Mopping
Calories burned in a half hour: 119 Mopping can strengthen your arms and work your legs. And though you probably wont mop for a full hour (238 calories), a half hour can work off those pretzel sticks you ate as you were watching TV (110 calories).
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Vacuuming
Calories burned in an hour: 238 Get out the vacuum and instead of doing just one highly-trafficked room, maybe do your whole house. An hour of vacuuming will burn off a slice of chocolate cake (235 calories).
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Mowing the lawn
Calories burned in an hour: 170 riding a power mower Mow the lawn riding a power mower and you burn 170 calories, mow it by walking with a power mower and you burn even more374 calories. But for the best workout of all, mow it by walking with a hand mower and you’ll burn 408 calories, enough to take care of the quarter of a big bag of potato chips you couldn’t stop yourself from eating (425 calories).
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Child care
Calories burned in an hour: 204 If taking care of your grandchildren involves helping them take a bath, getting them dressed, and playing, then you’re burning a pretty good amount of calories at the same time. One hour of babysitting for them takes care of 204 calories, the equivalent of a slice of pepperoni pizza (180 calories). And think how much you’re burning if you’re caring for them all day!
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Shoveling snow
Calories burned in an hour: 476 Shoveling snow is hard work, but it’s also the MVP of chores, burning a whopping 476 calories, enough to erase that slice of apple pie (411 calories) from your waistline.
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Washing the dishes
Calories burned in a half hour: 85 Well, youre not going to lose serious weight washing dishes, but you do burn some caloriesenough to say goodbye to the calories from one homemade chocolate chip cookie (80 calories).
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Doing the laundry
Calories burned in an hour: 68 Like washing dishes, doing the laundry isn’t the most strenuous activity, however, you can burn enough calories to get rid of 3 chocolate Hershey kisses (66 calories).
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Painting a room
Calories burned in a hour: 306 If you’re a DIY person when it comes to fixing up your home, you burning a good amount of calories, too! Painting a room for an hour in your house will get rid of 306 calories as will laying a carpet or refinishing furniture. That’s enough to say “Adios” to two slices of garlic bread (300 calories).
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