Headed In The Right Direction

You don't have to run a marathon or break a bench pressing record to feel good about working out. In fact, you don't even have to have goals. That's what a study published in the September edition of the Journal of Health Psychology suggests. Researchers analyzed every intervention study ever published on the subject of how exercise affects body image, and came to the conclusion that exercise positively changed the way people viewed their body regardless of whether they achieved any fitness benefits.

The Bigger Picture: Something like 60% of adults surveyed in national studies report not being happy about the way they look. Those experiencing the highest degrees of body dissatisfaction tend to exercise the least. The people who reported feeling good about themselves after exercise didn't necessarily spend lots of time in the gym or push for any level of intensity, but they did exercise frequently. You know what they say: the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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