Is 30 minutes of exercise better than an hour?

Here’s an interesting finding that’s come out in the last few days – researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found that people doing 30 minutes of exercise a day lost more weight than those doing an hour – 3.6kg compared to 2.7kg over 3 months.

The researchers have a few theories as to why. The first one was that 30 minute exercisers actually worked harder during their allotted session as psychologically they felt it would be easier – they also moved around more afterwards in their day to day life. The team also think that those doing a 60 minute workout possibly ate more afterwards. This is one of the really annoying things about exercise – it can stimulate appetite but it also creates something called ‘moral licensing effect’ which is where because you think you’ve done one healthy thing that day, all bets are off when it comes to stuff like watching calories.

I know when I was doing the 30 minute a day exercise challenge, I did work harder during my gym workouts, plus I did workout every single day – unlike now, when I’m back to hitting the gym for longer but go 3-5 times a week and often, especially if I workout at the end of the day, slack off during sessions because I’m tired and 60 minutes seems too long.

If 30 minutes seems a bit too short to achieve your workout aims – but, you still get put off by the idea of 60 minute workouts, check out this tip from comedian Ricky Gervais on how he uses time, and how he perceives it to amp up his fitness regime.

If you didn’t see the ‘Exercise Every Day’ challenge the point was that I aimed to do 30 minutes of exercise every day for a month – ideally attempting as many different types of workout as possible. Of all the things I tried, these were probably my three favourites….

The Photo Walk

The Outdoor Gym


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