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Do You Wish 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.

Do You Wish 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 a workout plan of 30 minutes at the gym or any aerobic exercise can make women feel thinner and stronger at the same time. The study also revealed that the positives of this lasted beyond the workout activity duration. This indeed is 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. 

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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 and Lauren Salci together compared body image and physical perceptions of two different groups of women, one group where women completed 30 minutes of workout everyday and the other who preferred sitting and reading. Improvement in body image was seen in the first group, significantly higher than the other group. 

This effect is stimulated within right after the workout and lasts at least 20 minutes after the work out. The research team further discovered that this improvement was not the result of change in the women's mood but because of a feeling of being thinner and stronger. 

"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.



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