Most of us, especially those of us that engage in regular aerobic exercise, know by now that it has a positive effect on our moods, while we are exercising and after, as well. Recent studies show that the effect last considerably longer than we previously thought! In one study done at the University of Vermont, 48 randomly assigned students were divided into 2 groups. One group did 20 minutes of aerobic training on a stationary bike, and the other group did no exercise. Prior to the exercise, both groups were asked to assess their moods in 6 areas: tension, anger, depression, vigor, fatigue and confusion. The assessment was repeated immediately after and then again 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 and 24 hours post-exercise. It was found that the moderate intensity, 20 minute session improved moods for up to 12 hours post-exercise. Just one more great reason to exercise.
Thanks to American Fitness Magazine and Matt Byzcki for the information on this study.
For some really serious exercise results, tune in to Biggest Loser tonight when we watch the remaining contestants get makeovers, go to the White House and meet the First Lady. I can hardly wait!
- Aerobic Exercise (week 2) (mbhealthystudents.wordpress.com)