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An Investigation of Exercise and the Placebo Effect

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Objective: To replicate previous research that concluded exercise affects health via a placebo effect: simply telling workers with physically active jobs that their "work is exercise" improves health. Method: A convenience sample of university building service workers (n=53) learned "their work is exercise" or about job safety. Results: Groups demonstrated similar outcomes at 4 and 8 weeks for weight, percent fat, waist circumference, and behavioral measures. Both groups increased self-perception as "regular exercisers"; blood pressure was reduced only in the intervention group. Conclusion: This research did not support the placebo effect. Although enticing, simply changing mind-set does not alter the relationship between exercise and health.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education, Austin, TX, USA

Publication date: 01 May 2011

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