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Mirrors in gyms may make inactive women uncomfortable while exercising. Canadian researchers randomly assigned 58 sedentary university women to two groups: All rode a stationary bike for 20 minutes, but half did so in front of a mirrored wall (Health Psychol. 22[4]:354-61, 2003). Responding to questionnaires, the women in the mirror group reported feeling less energized, less positive, and less relaxed after exercising than did those who exercised without a mirror. Even women who started out with a positive body image reported feeling more negative about their bodies after exercising in front of mirrors. "Certainly, if a woman leaves the gym feeling even worse than when she arrived, she will not be particularly motivated to continue exercising in the future," the researchers commented.
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Title Annotation:Indications
Author:Berger, Joanne M.
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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