According to a recent study, 30 minutes of daily exercise is really all you need to stay healthy. MedicineNet reports that you’ll achieve the same weight loss at 30 minutes that you would at 60. This is certainly good news for those who feel that an hour at the gym is simply too much to bear.
This information was gleaned by observing 60 overweight Danish gentlemen who were hooked up to heart-rate monitors while they worked out. After putting the guys through various routines, researchers discovered that those individuals who exercised for 30 minutes often lost more weight than those who were asked to work out for an hour. The findings were recently published in the American Journal of Physiology.
Mads Rosenkilde, a doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen, explained the results of the study in a recent statement:
“Participants exercising 30 minutes per day burned more calories than they should relative to the training program we set for them,” Rosenkilde said. “We can see that exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat.”
Scientist Live explains that those who exercised for 30 minutes a day probably felt these short sessions were more digestible than spending an hour on the treadmill. What’s more, these individuals may have felt inspired to engage in physical activity outside of the required regimen. In other words, working out for 30 minutes a day sounds much more attainable and manageable than spending 60 minutes at the gym.
“The men who exercised the most lost too little relative to the energy they burned by running, biking or rowing,” Rosenkilde said. “Thirty minutes of concentrated exercise gives equally good results on the scale.”
Researchers also observed that those who spent 60 minutes on the treadmill probably ate more throughout the day. As a result, these folks lost loss weight than their counterparts.
How often do you exercise? Do you think 30 minutes is enough?