Think confident: lose weight

Women's workout worries hindering weight lose

Feeling blue because of the short winter days and freezing cold temperatures? It could affect your ability to lose weight.

Researchers have discovered that women’s lack of faith in their own workout abilities, and their general fitness levels, put them off exercising regularly.

While men are 10% more likely to believe they are fit and strong enough to hit the treadmill on a regular basis – and therefore 40% more likely to actually do so – women often believe they won’t be able to cope, and so don’t even try.

While we think that sounds like something of a bad excuse, the researchers in Canada are insistent it’s something the government needs to address.

‘Our findings highlight the need for health promotion programs to enhance people’s confidence and motivation, as well as providing education on the health benefits of physical activity,’ Sai Yi Pan, from the Public Health Agency of Canada, told the BMC Public Health journal.

Of perhaps more interest is that the same study found people who believe they’re fitter enjoy working out more than those who don’t. So, think positive, get out those trainers, and you could you could say goodby to comfort cravings and hello to a new slimline you.

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