Less Is More With Exercise, Study Says

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Less Is More With Exercise, Study Says
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 11:07am

Hmmm, according to this new study in Health Day News, those who exercised only 30 minutes a day burned more calories than those who exercised 60. "The research included 60 heavy but healthy Danish men who exercised for either 30 or 60 minutes a day while wearing a heart-rate monitor and calorie counter. The training sessions were designed to generate a light sweat, but the participants were expected to boost the intensity and push themselves harder three times a week.

The men who exercised 30 minutes a day lost an average of about 8 pounds over three months, compared with an average of 6 pounds for those who exercised 60 minutes a day." more 

Any thoughts?

Karla
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 11:32am

I agree with this conclusion:

"In addition, it's likely that the men who did 60 minutes of exercise daily ate more and therefore lost slightly less weight than anticipated."

It makes no sense to look at exercise if you're not accounting for diet when looking at weight loss. But, the take away is that both groups lost weight. Move!






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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 11:42am

I've also found that if I know I am only going for 30 minutes I tend to push myself much harder. I wonder how much of that goes on?

Karla
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 1:42pm

Yeah, they don't account for how hard they work, other than getting a little sweaty, which means little.  I think the whole study needs to be redone w/ better measurements!






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 1:51pm

"Garbage in, garbage out."  That's how statistics are - if your study doesn't "control" other variables, your data and conclusions are worthless.  I can watch two people do the exact same workout, and I can visibly see that one person is just going through the motions, getting little to nothing out of the workout, wherease the other person is burning a ton of calories.  There are obviously more factors that are influencing the results.

However, I am sure that there are many people who will jump on that study to make an excuse for exercising less.  You either want results and get them or not.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 3:25pm

If the study got people to start working out for half an hour, then I'm all for it. But, my fear is that those who work out for an hour will cut back to half an hour. That would not be a good thing!






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 8:49pm
I still plan to spend 4 hours a day at the gym when I retire....
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 10:39pm

Wow.  That's a lot.  Is that how much time you spend at the gym now?  It sounds like a way of life.

I like the idea of active activities daily.  It sounds like fun!

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Fri, 08-31-2012 - 3:12pm
I don't have four hours a day to spend at the gym..if work would only deposit my paycheck without me actually going to work...,but I would love to have time to swim every day, take a pilates or yoga class, lift five days a week, run or go to Zumba every day..I figure I need four hours....I plan to be the most fit old lady...when I was watching the Olympics, I admired the abs that the women runners have. I said to my brother that I thought if I ran 8 hours a day, I still wouldn't have abs like that. He said 'if you ran 8 hours a day, you'd have those abs...or be dead'. I'm not thinking of 8 hours, but 4 seems perfect. I think I might get a job at the desk checking people in 20 hours a week, which I think would be a free membership plus enough to pay for my trainer...I have to hope he doesn't plan on going anywhere for a while...on some crazy level, I would like to own a gym so that I could have the equipment I like and the classes I like and manage it better than my gym is managed..it isn't badly managed, but it is unenthusiastically managed...too many people have been there too long, and there are some crazy policies and priorities that make it so the staff is not working as a team most of the time...like most places, there are 'office politics' but it has a pretty captive audience so the membership numbers are good...but even with that, I still want to go four hours a day...
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Fri, 08-31-2012 - 5:11pm

There was a time when I worked out 4-6 hours a day. I had just gotten married,  moved to LA and my husband was out to sea. I didn't know anyone so I'd go to the noon classes (two) and hit the stairmaster for an hour. At night, bored again, I'd go to all the classes in a row. Then I discovered they had a skating rink near me so I spent the rest of my time there. So, in my mid 20's, supposedly at my body's peak, with all that working out and I never had anything close to a visible 6 pack so there's no hope for me.  The number one factor for a 6 pack is genetics.  I've thought it would be fun to have a gym but then I hear the complaints of some members and realize I couldn't deal w/ the incessant whining about unimportant things.  People complain about the most irrelevant things.