1. Fitness DVDs lead to psychological issues

Fitness DVDs lead to psychological issues

If you are planning to use fitness DVDs to work out at home, then think of some other option as new study has revealed that the fitness DVDs can be psychologically harmful for users.

By: | Published: January 8, 2016 5:37 PM

If you are planning to use fitness DVDs to work out at home, then think of some other option as new study has revealed that the fitness DVDs can be psychologically harmful for users.

The researches undertaken by Oregon State University have found that exercise DVDs may include negative imagery and demotivating language.

Brad Cardinal, lead researcher and a kinesiology professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University said, a study of 10 popular commercial exercise DVDs have showed that the imagery in the fitness videos may be perpetuating and reinforcing hyper-sexualized and unrealistic body images.

Researchers found that one in every seven motivational statements on the DVDs was actually a demotivating statement that could reduce the effectiveness of the workout, diminish the user’s hope and can cause psychological harm.

Cardinal further pointed out that there is no scientific evidence about their safety and effectiveness or the accuracy of the information contained in fitness DVDs, and the industry is largely unregulated.

For the study, the researchers reviewed 10 popular, instructor-led fitness DVDs, evaluating both the imagery used in the videos as well as the motivational language used by the instructors.

Researchers found that a quarter of the language used by instructors was motivational, but one of every seven motivational statements was considered negative.

Negative statements included phrases such as “say hello to your sexy six-pack,” “you better be sweating,” and “you should be dying right now.”

The study concluded that those kinds of phrases focus on outcomes, encourage social comparison, and don’t take into account individual differences in health or fitness.

The study is published in the journal Sociology of Sport.

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  1. C
    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm
    It depends on the trainer on the video. Negative trainers would be negative on a DVD or at the Gym or it could be a friend or family member being negative. Do not vilify DVDs with this nonsense. Denise Austin is a great example of a positive trainer, encouraging and the workouts are well balanced. Hard enough that you feel like you are working out and can see results but not so hard you get discouraged and burn out. Many others are just as positive and cheery.
    1. C
      Jan 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm
      Just like buying anything else you have to be an informed consumer. If you are a guy who wants to get ripped on one of these programs then you probably want one that is going to drive you to work hard. If you just want something to get you in better shape from a dead start, then you have to read up and purchase one that meets your needs. This goes for both men and women. If you just go out and buy the "top selling" workout DVD, then you stand a good chance of getting the wrong one for you.
      1. dean reinke
        Jan 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm
        Where is the link to the actual article?
        1. S
          Sydney Gottlieb
          Jan 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm
          This is all just psychobabble so some college researcher can "publish." Based on this BS the answer is easy; just have fat out of shape and ugly MF's be the trainers in these videos. Then we will all want to be just like them, fat, ugly, but fit. Most importantly the viewers will have no psychological damage and an improved self image.

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