30 minutes of exercise a day: How effective is it for weight loss?

30 minutes of exercise a day: How effective is it for weight loss?

When you mention using exercise for weight loss, you may think it takes hours a day of running on the treadmill, but you may be surprised to know that just 30 minutes of exercise a day is perfect for weight loss.

In fact, a new study showed that people who exercised for half an hour a day actually lost more weight than those who worked out for an hour!

The study monitored a total of 60 moderately overweight but healthy men for 13 weeks and is published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. Half of the participants were asked to vigorously exercise for 30 minutes by cycling, jogging or cross training, whilst the remaining men exercised for a whole hour on a daily basis.

Over the three month period in which the study was conducted, the group which exercised for 30 minutes a day lost 7.9 lbs on average, while those exercising for an hour lost 6 lbs. The participants were interviewed as part of the study to gauge how they felt.

Those who conducted the study discovered that participants of the shorter exercise sessions had more motivation and energy to live healthier lifestyles, whilst participants of the hour long sessions frequently felt burnt out. Subjects exercising for half an hour a day reported taking the stairs, walking the dog more often and cycling to work, whereas those exercising for an hour a day reported feelings of exhaustion and demotivation, making them less open to making positive lifestyle changes.

It is hoped that these new findings will encourage more people to start up a daily exercise routine, which is great news, considering at least one in four adults in the United Kingdom are considered to be obese, with the problem predicted to grow over the coming decades.