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Want To Feel Your Best? It just Takes 30 Minutes

A recent study reveals that just 30 minutes of exercise at the gym or any aerobic exercise can make women feel stronger and thinner.

Want To Feel Your Best? It just Takes 30 Minutes

The effect is stimulated within right after the workout and lasts at least 20 minutes post the work out.

Women all over the world have a tendency to feel negatively about their bodies. But this recent study conducted at UBC has revealed that just 30 minutes of exercise at the gym or any aerobic exercise can make women feel stronger and thinner. The study also found that the positive effect lasts well beyond the activity itself, which may be good news for women concerned about their body image.

According to the senior author of the study Kathleen Martin Ginis, women with a negative body image can have psychological impact on their minds. He said "This is a concern because poor body image can have harmful implications for a woman's psychological and physical health including increased risk for low self-esteem, depression and for eating disorders. This study indicates exercise can have an immediate positive effect."

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The effect is stimulated within right after the workout and lasts at least 20 minutes post the work out.
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Martin Ginis, along with Lauren Salci, compared the body image and physical perceptions of women who completed 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise with those who sat and read. Women in the exercise group had significant improvements in their body image compared to those who didn't exercise.

This effect is stimulated within right after the workout and lasts at least 20 minutes post the work out. The research team discovered that this effect was not due to a change in the women's mood, rather it was linked to perceiving themselves as stronger and thinner.

"We all have those days when we don't feel great about our bodies," noted Martin Ginis. "This study and our previous research shows one way to feel better, is to get going and exercise. The effects can be immediate."

Martin Ginis sees this study as a gateway to developing maximally effective body image-enhancing exercise interventions.

"We think that the feelings of strength and empowerment women achieve post exercise, stimulate an improved internal dialogue," added Martin Ginis.

"This in turn should generate positive thoughts and feelings about their bodies which may replace the all too common negative ones."

The study appears in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

(Inputs by ANI)



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