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Strenuous Exercise To Lose Weight Can Be Demotivating, Study Finds

September 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
People who engage in moderate exercise – e.g., walking briskly for 30 minutes a day – are more likely to be motivated to continue their routines than people who engage in strenuous training, a Danish study has found. For 13 weeks, researchers monitored 60 moderately overweight, but healthy, Danish men who either exercised 30 minutes a day or worked out strenuously for one hour. The moderate exercisers lost an average of 3.6 kg; the strenuous exercisers lost only 2.7 kg. Interviews revealed that the men who exercised the least had higher energy levels and were more motivated to exercise and pursue a healthy lifestyle.  But the men who exercised for an hour a day felt exhausted and demotivated after their workouts.
A. S. Gram et al., "Compliance with physical exercise: Using a multidisciplinary approach within a dose-dependent exercise study of moderately overweight men", Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, September 18, 2013, © Associations of Public Health in the Nordic Countries Regions
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