You might not have to work out as much as you think, according to certain studies. (Not knocking you gym rats and fitness enthusiasts, keep doing what you love.) But for those of you trying to get into exercise or have a hard time keeping to a long regiment, listen up, this is for you.
A study conducted in 2013 found that people who exercise for only 30 minutes lost 1/3 more weight than their hour long counterparts. This is because people who exercise for 30 minutes had more energy and motivation to continue living healthier lifestyles throughout the day. The participants working out for a full hour left those in the study feeling more fatigued than the subjects that dried the sweat off 30 minutes earlier. This is highly important and aimed at those who would more often struggle to do a strict exercise routine.
The subjects were slightly overweight men who exercised enough to sweat for a certain amount of time. One group exercised for 30 minutes a day and lost an average of 8 pounds. The other group was told to exercise for a full hour every day and their average weight loss was 6 pounds. This is surprising to say the least. The explanation may be that the participants working out for only 30 minutes had more energy to preform additional physical activity. Also, researchers say that the men who exercised for 60 minutes, most likely ate more to compensate for the longer workout, therefore causing less weight loss.
The men who worked out for 30 minutes were reported to improve their over-all health as well. By doing simple things like taking the stairs, or taking the dog out on an extra walk. The men who worked out for an hour felt “exhausted and demotivated” to making a heavy healthy change in their life.
In a fast paced world, a thirty-minute workout could be just what you need to start on the road towards personal wellness, and it could be as simple as a run around the neighborhood.
Here are some possible workouts you could try yourself, and it only takes 30 minutes a day!