Fitness Update: (Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC, http://www.isfdistribution.com)
You have probably heard it before: although a good workout will make you feel tired when you are finished, it will reinvigorate you and reduce fatigue. A study recently published in the journal Health examined the influence of exercise habits and physical fitness level on subjective fatigue symptoms (SFS) in adolescent students. Four hundred and one healthy young male adults (the average age was 16 years old) participated in the physical fitness test of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan and responded to a questionnaire on exercise habits and fatigue symptoms. The questionnaire was administered at the end of each participant’s physical fitness test.
The study tallied the questionnaire results and compared them to the subjects’ performance on the physical fitness test, was an indicator of overall fitness. The study found that fatigue symptoms were highly related to physical fitness but not exercise habits, indicating that the type of exercise performed did not affect fatigue, but the participants’ level of fitness did. Fatigue was compared among groups with different physical fitness levels, and significant differences were found in difficulty with concentration and complex thinking tasks, with the more fit group performing better.