Lifestyle changes work better in pairs

Couples are more likely to give up smoking, visit the gym, or lose weight if they get healthy together, a study has found.

Scientists looked at 3722 couples, either married or living together, who were enrolled into the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (Elsa).

They found that participants were more successful at swapping bad habits for good ones if their partner made the change as well.

For instance, among women who smoked, half managed to quit if their partner gave up at the same time.