October 16, 2013 10:01 ET

Curves: Why Cutting Your 1 Hour Workouts in Half is Better for Weight Loss

Less time exercising equals more weight loss

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2013) - New research indicates that individuals who worked out for just 30 minutes a day lost a third more weight compared to those completing a full hour's worth of exercise.

According to a report published in The Telegraph, scientists have discovered that shorter fitness programmes resulted in participants experiencing more energy and motivation to lead healthier lives.

One of the study's authors, Dr Astrid Jespersen, explained that the statistics could influence people who generally find exercise a difficult pastime.

She said: "The subjects in the test group that exercised the least talk about increased energy levels and a higher motivation for exercising and pursuing a healthy everyday life.

"They take the stairs, take the dog for an extra walk or cycle to work.

"In contrast, the men who exercised for one hour a day, after training, felt exhausted, demotivated and less open to making a healthy change.

"We are thus seeing that a moderate amount of exercise will significantly impact the subjects' daily practices."

However, with the majority of individuals undertaking office jobs where they spend long periods seated, many struggle to find the time - and stamina - to exercise.

A spokesperson for Curves commented: "As part of our exclusive Curves Complete weight loss programs and diet plans, we also provide customers with our 30 minute fitness solution - so to hear the announcement that a half hour workout is actually more effective than a full hour's exercise only reinforces the good work we've constantly been promoting.

"We're proud that our scientific method has gained such good press, and is a beneficial technique that can be practised worldwide."

Leading the research at the faculty of health and medical sciences at University of Copenhagen, Professor Bente Stallknecht, was surprised at the results.

He stated: "Our motivation basically stems from the interest to examine if the calories combusted during an exercise intervention are compensated by the body - for example through an increase in food intake and/or a decrease in physical activity level during the rest of the day.

"Surprisingly, we found indications of a reverse compensation in the moderate dose exercise group indicating that they became more physically active also outside the exercise program."

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