By Kristin Pulling
Over 75% of adults in the US do not get the recommended daily amount of physical activity. Many people dread going to the gym, which could explain the lack of adherence to an exercise regimen, despite the known benefits of physical activity. However, there is good news: high-intensity workouts may help increase compliance to a workout program.
New research examined the enjoyment levels of young adults participating in high-intensity workouts versus moderate workouts, over the course of six weeks. At the start of the six-week study, participants rated enjoyment for both high-intensity and moderate workouts equally. By week four, participants reported more enjoyment in high-intensity workouts. For the high-intensity group, enjoyment levels continuously increased throughout the study. However, for participants in the moderate workout group, enjoyment levels remained low throughout the six-week study.
Despite being more physically demanding, participants rated high-intensity workouts as more enjoyable than moderate workouts, over a six-week time period. During this time, participants in the high-intensity group progressively increased their strength, which may have contributed to increases in enjoyment. If you’re looking for a workout program that you’ll stick to, you may want to try high-intensity exercises.