In line with the global fitness trend, exercise is garnering attention for its role in weight loss, even leading to claims of specific workouts being highly effective. However, viewing exercise solely from the perspective of weight reduction overlooks its broader health benefits.
Consistent exercisers attest to its ability to uplift mood. Even exercise novices often experience a sense of refreshment and accomplishment after completing a workout and taking a shower. But how long do these emotional effects last?
A research team from Vermont University conducted a study involving 48 healthy individuals aged 18 to 25, divided into two groups. One group was instructed to cycle indoors for 20 minutes, while the other group was asked not to engage in any exercise. The researchers then assessed the participants’ emotional states at different time intervals.
The results were remarkable. Participants who exercised for just 20 minutes reported better emotional states compared to those who did not exercise. Even more surprising was that these positive emotional effects lasted for up to 12 hours.
Notably, it is intriguing that high-intensity workouts are not necessary to experience these emotional benefits. Jeremy Siebold, the lead researcher and professor at Vermont University, emphasized that “we are not talking about the intensity exerted by professional cyclists during a race.” He added, “Engaging in enjoyable activities such as gardening or leisurely walks, even for a few minutes a day, can sustain feelings of happiness.”
The study highlights the significant emotional advantages of exercise beyond weight management, emphasizing the importance of incorporating physical activity into daily routines for overall well-being.