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The Internet helps us to be in shape

The Internet helps us to be in shape


American doctors have established that there is a close connection between the growth of people accessing the Internet and those who enroll in programs for a healthy life. Those who spend most of their day in front of the computer can choose to take a look at fitness websites and other forms of exercise. Moreover, the researchers say that the movements presented on the Internet are as effective as those in magazines or brochures. Over the course of a year, as long as the study lasted, adults using the Internet started doing weekly 90 minutes of movement, according to the model presented online. The discovery is important, say the researchers, because that way, and sedentary people can be stimulated to develop a healthy lifestyle despite the prejudice that they are "tied to the chair."

The research was done on 249 sedentary volunteers, randomly divided into three groups. The first group used the internet to find exercise sites, the second was provided with links to six sites, and the third received printed materials with the same theme. All participants completed questionnaires in which they passed the physical exercises they did. The difference between the three groups was that the volunteers who used the internet reacted much more quickly than the others.
(Raluca Ghiurca)
Read the whole article in: Romantica
May 16, 2007