Exercise Less, Lose More

Jogging

Still trying to shed those stubborn holiday pounds? You don’t have to starve yourself or run two hours a day to do so.

A recent Danish study published in The American Journal of Physiology showed that less exercise leads to more weight loss. Those who exercised 30 minutes daily for 3 months shed more weight than those who worked out 60 minutes daily. How can this be? Those who exercised less actually increased their activity level all day long, thereby burning more calories.

Take that, Christmas cookies.

Photo credit: FCC, Eleanza

2 thoughts on “Exercise Less, Lose More

  1. Hi Jeff, I’ve been jogging (gradually increasing miles and speed) and realized that in the past 2.5 months, I’ve actually fallen ill more than usual. Could it be the flu season or running in the morning reduces my immunity? Dropping you an email, for the Q&As, catch up and happy new year!

    • Exercise doesn’t lower immunity. It usually boosts immunity, unless it’s extreme. The flue usually sidelines people for several days. Consider other changes that might have occurred in your sleep patterns, diet, life stressors. If you’re not feeling better, you should see your primary care doctor.

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