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Women perceive themselves thinner after exercise

Women feel better about their body image after exercise and perceive themselves as thinner and stronger, a study shows.
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Women feel better about their body image after exercise and perceive themselves as thinner and stronger, a study shows

Women feel better about their body image following 30 minutes of exercise, according to researchers.

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

A total of 60 women with pre-existing body image concerns and who exercised regularly were asked to either perform 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise or quiet reading.

State, body image, physical self-efficacy, physical self-perceptions and effect were assessed in the study, reported in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Effects immediate

Women in the exercise group

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Women feel better about their body image after exercise and perceive themselves as thinner and stronger, a study shows

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Women have a better body image after exercise, a study shows.
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Women feel better about their body image following 30 minutes of exercise, according to researchers.

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

A total of 60 women with pre-existing body image concerns and who exercised regularly were asked to either perform 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise or quiet reading.

State, body image, physical self-efficacy, physical self-perceptions and effect were assessed in the study, reported in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 

Effects immediate

Women in the exercise group had significant improvements in their body image compared with those who did not exercise. This positive effect lasted for at least 20 minutes after exercising.

The research team established that this effect was not due to a change in the women’s mood, rather it was linked to perceiving themselves as stronger and thinner.

Senior author Kathleen Martin Ginis said: ‘This study and our previous research shows one way to feel better is to get going and exercise. The effects can be immediate.’


Martin Ginis K et al (2017) Acute effects of exercise on women with pre-existing body image concerns: A test of potential mediators. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.04.001

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