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Good news for couch potatoes: Exercising for half an hour helps you lose 25% MORE weight than going for a full hour

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Exercising for half an hour daily could help you lose as much as 25 per cent more weight than an hour long workout, it was revealed today.

Tests have shown that cutting an exercise regime in half holds great benefits for people who are overweight, increasing their chances of shedding the pounds.

The shorter exercise sessions left slimmers happier, with more energy and motivation for pursuing a healthy lifestyle, while those who spent twice as long in the gym were more likely to feel burned out, researchers at the University of Copenhagen found.

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Professor Bente Stallknecht, of the university’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, said: ‘Obesity is a complex social problem requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

‘We combined data from biomedical studies of the subjects’ bodies with ethnological data on their experiences during the 13-week trial period.

‘This enabled us to explain the background for the surprising fact that 30 minutes of daily exercise is just as beneficial as a full hour of hard fitness training.

‘The “lightweight” group of exercisers appear to get more energy and be more motivated in relation to pursuing a healthy lifestyle.’

At the end of a 13-week trial undertaken by 60 overweight men, those who exercised for a shorter period lost around a kilo more on average than the slimmers who spent an hour in the gym at a time, who shed 2.7kg over the period.

Associate professor Astrid Jespersen said her team was ‘surprised’ by the study which combined medical observations with interviews.

She explained: ‘The qualitative data offers a possible explanation for the surprising biological data.

‘The subjects in the test group that exercised the least talk about increased energy levels and a higher motivation for exercising and pursuing a healthy everyday life. They take the stairs, take the dog for an extra walk or cycle to work.

‘In contrast, the men who exercised for one hour a day, after training, felt exhausted, demotivated and less open to making a healthy change. We are thus seeing that a moderate amount of exercise will significantly impact the subjects’ daily practices.’

The scientists say tackling obesity requires an approach that doesn’t solely focus on exercise sessions and diet.

Professor Jesperson added: ‘When addressing a complex problem such as obesity, several disciplines must be employed, and the research must be viewed from a holistic perspective.

‘Decades of health campaigns have proven insufficiently effective because we have been unable to incorporate the significance of, e.g., psychology, culture and social structures.’

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2425534/Good-news-couch-potatoes-Exercising-half-hour-helps-lose-25-MORE-weight-going-hour.html

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