It’s The Exercise, Not The Fitness, That Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

It’s true thimagesat if you do enough exercise, you’ll probably become increasingly fit, but fitness is not the most reliable payoff: that would be feeling good about your body. Futurity reportsthat when researchers at the University of Florida analyzed the wide-ranging effects of exercise on body image by examining all 57 studies, they found that exercise buffed up the way people see their bodies regardless of the actual benefits. And now the good part: the researchers found that those whose body image was most improved by exercise tended to be older, and one more thing–they tended to be women.

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