Some women benefit more from exercise when emphasis is on health, not appearance

A new study suggests that women with chronic issues with their body-image are more likely to benefit from an exercise class where the instructor emphasizes the health benefits of the workout over improved appearance, even if those women chose the class in hopes of improving their physique. Researchers studied nearly 100 college-aged women who had social physique anxiety -- a disorder in which someone chronically worries that others are critiquing his or her body.

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