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Workout Length: Are Hour-Long Workouts Right For Everybody?

02E93854As someone who struggles with getting the right amount of exercise every week, this new study released by the University of Copenhagen, was very enlightening. A study that followed 60 heavy (but healthy) men for thirteen weeks and the results were fairly surprising.


Not only were those that worked out 30 minutes each day getting great results, 3.6 kg (just under 8 lbs.) on average over 3 months but they lost more weight than those whose workout length was a full hour each day. Those who were exercising for one hour each day lost on average 2.7 kg (just under 6 lbs) during the same amount of time.


Researchers feel that the explanation lies in the thinking:


Basically, it’s much easier to feel motivated to work out for 30 minutes than it is for an hour. This leads to a desire to push yourself harder during the initial exercises and also tends to promote increased activity throughout the day.


And there is also the idea of how our brains calculate calories. While those exercising for an hour will need more calories than those who did not, the jump they gave themselves tended to be much higher than the number of calories they were actually burning.


So, when it comes down to it, if you don’t feel like you have the time/motivation for an hour a day of exercise (which is many of us!) remember it’s not an all or nothing venture. Cut the time in half and see if you can make the right steps to get healthier.


And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the 4-minute workout.


What is your take on this study? Do you think the researchers were on the mark for the reasons why these results ended up the way they did? Let us know in the comments!

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