Exercising For 30 Vs. 60 Minutes

Exercising For 30 Vs. 60 Minutes What's the best workout for dropping pounds and building muscle mass? The answer depends on a number of factors, but a study published in the American Journal of Physiology suggests that 30 minutes of daily exercise might help you lose more weight than a full hour of running, biking and rowing.

Researchers recruited 60 overweight but healthy male subjects and had them exercise for 30 or 60 minutes every day for 3 months. On average, the men who trained for half an hour lost 8 pounds compared to around 6 pounds lost by those who worked out for a full hour every day.

True Strength Moment: There are two possible reasons for these conflicting results. The guys who trained for half an hour probably left the gym feeling more energized than the subjects who trained for twice as long. So they were ready for more physical activity later in the day. Because there was no diet element to this study, scientists also theorized that an hour's worth of effort may have prompted this group to consume more food, offsetting the potential for weight loss.
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