Are you struggling with the fact that you need to exercise more? Do you want to lose a few pounds? Health and fitness concerns like these are normal, though a recent study sheds interesting light on the question of “how much” exercise is necessary.
According to HealthDay, a recent Danish study indicates that there may not be much difference between the benefits of 30 and 60 minutes of exercise a day. By comparing two groups of healthy Danish men, the study revealed surprising results: the group that exercised for 30 minutes a day lost an average of eight pounds over three months while the 60-minute-a-day group lost six pounds.
Researcher Mads Rosenkilde stated, “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.” But why did the group that exercised less actually lose more weight? Researchers propose that the men who were only exercising for 30 minutes may have exercised harder. Alternatively, the 60 minute group may have eaten more food on average.
Regardless of the methodology or lack of complete statistical control, this study hammers one point home. Even a small amount of exercise each day can be great for your health. You don’t have to spend several hours each week on a treadmill. Do something, anything fun, even if only for 10, 20, or 30 minutes.