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Short bouts of exercise ‘can improve women’s body image and self esteem’

16th June 2017

New research has shown that even brief bouts of physical exercise can have a lasting impact on women's body image and overall confidence.

The University of British Columbia study compared the body image and physical perceptions of women who completed 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise with those who sat and read.

Those who exercised were shown to experience significant improvements in their body image compared to those who did not, with this positive effect lasting at least 20 minutes post-exercise.

Further research indicated that this effect was not due to a change in the women's mood, but instead because the bout of physical activity led the women to see themselves as stronger and thinner.

The researchers said the immediacy of this effect shows it is an effective way of tackling poor body image, which can lead to an increased risk of low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders.

Senior author Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan's school of health and exercise sciences, said: "We all have those days when we don't feel great about our bodies. This study and our previous research shows one way to feel better is to get going and exercise."

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