Attention all exercise enthusiasts. The simple act of exercise and not your real fitness level is able to convince you that your appearance has improved, as shown by a new study from the University of Florida.
People who fail some training objectives as lose fat, gain strength or improve your cardiovascular endurance feel so good about their bodies as other people more athletic, as Heather, an expert in exercise psychology at the University of Florida. Their study was published in the September issue of Health Psychology Bulletin.
Normally you think that if you improve your form will experience improvements in body image you, but that’s not what we found,” he says. “It may be that the requirements for psychological benefits of exercise, including those related to self-image, differ substantially from the physical benefits.”
Campbellis the first systematic analysis of the major effects that exercise has on the body image by examining all studies involved in the field since June 2008.
From 57 publications, the researchers conclude that exercise inflated image that people have of their own bodies, regardless of the true benefits, although the results vary.
The negative self-image has grown to epidemic proportions in the past 20 years, with a rate of up to 60% of adults in national studies saying they did not like the look of their own bodies, as
Americans spend billions of dollars a year on products designed to change the size and shape of problem in our society and is related to all kinds of negative behavior including diets, snuff, take steroids and use of cosmetic surgery,” says “It affects men and women of all ages, starting with children from 5 years and say they do not like how their bodies look. “
Compared to the physical benefits are widely researched and understood, the psychological benefits of exercise have been less explored, including the reduction of depression or confidence in one’s own image.
The study found no difference in the improvement of self-image among people following the directions given by the College of sports medicine to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week and those who did . These guidelines are considered the minimum amount of exercise needed for health-related benefits, said.
You might think that people who exercised five days are going to feel better about their bodies than people who did not train much” he said.
In other results, the study showed slightly more benefit in terms of producing an improved self-image in greater, but that may have come into play the idea of maintaining a certain body image in men. Today we are seeing more portraits on physical media ideal for men with respect to overwhelming emphasis was on the appearance of women in the past
Age also showed differences, with older people more likely to receive an improved self-image exercise. The difference can be explained because older people are more aware about the best of his image that young people, who tend to exercise more naturally.
While the frequency of exercise mattered in improving the perception of the body, there were no differences in the duration, intensity, length or type of exercisea, ccording to the study. That is, those training longer or more intense perception did not improve its image, but those who did so more often.
“The people who were more dissatisfied with their body tend to exercise less, so we decided to go a step further and consider whether the mere fact of exercising changing perception of the image itself.”
Kathleen Martin a professor of and exercise expert Master praised the research.
“It is an important study because it shows that doing virtually any type of regular exercise can help people feel better about their bodies. With a segment of the large population dissatisfied with their physiques, it is good to know that even short, frequent periods of low intensity exercise can improve body image.