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30 Minutes of Good Exercise

Newly published research is now suggesting that exercising on a treadmill for 30 minutes yields better results than a 1 hour workout!


According to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology, researchers at the University of Copenhagen prescribed exercise programs to 60 heavy but healthy men. Half of the group exercised for one hour per day, while half exercised for 30 minutes. The men in the 30-minute group lost more weight and burned the same amount of fat over the 13-week study. Surprisingly, they even burned more calories than the researchers anticipated, demonstrating that 30 minutes of exercise was enough to lead to weight loss.


The research suggests that the 30-minute group was inspired to work harder because the time limit made the exercise session felt less daunting. Plus, less time at the gym gave them more time to rest and recuperate between sessions. In addition, researchers said they believe the men in the 60-minute group ate more — mistakenly counteracting the additional calories burned.


Researchers are saying their findings provide hope for moderately overweight people — a majority of the adult population — by making effective exercise seem more accessible. These findings also support the American Heart Association’s exercise guidelines, which suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Numerous studies have shown that breaking up the 30-minute block into two or three 10- to 15-minute segments is just as effective for heart health.


So…you got 30 minutes? Let’s get to it!

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Joe has been a certified personal trainer for 12 years, specializing in overall health and non-surgical rehabilitation.