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To Get Fit, Exercise…Less?

Cosmopolitan.com
Healthy Living
August 27, 2012



Exercise less? Yes, please!
Exercise less? Yes, please!

We're all for eating right and exercising to stay healthy. But when science tells us we can exercise less, well, we won't say no to that.

By Korin Miller

According to new research, working out for 30 minutes is just as effective for losing weight and keeping fit as working out for 60 minutes. Um…yes, please!

In the study, scientists from the University of Copenhagen followed people who were heavy but healthy for 13 weeks. Half of the participants exercised for an hour a day while wearing a heart-rate monitor and calorie counter, while the other half did the same for just 30 minutes.

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On average, the people who worked out for 30 minutes lost more weight than those who worked out for an hour. Both groups reduced their body mass by the same amount.

How did that happen? Scientists think that the 30-minute group felt more motivated and had more energy for other types of exercise during the day. They also said that the 60-minute group probably ate more, which made them lose less weight.

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