If you want to get stronger after training and feel better – which is important because you're encouraged to continue training – you do not need a fancy gym, as our recent study shows.
Previous studies have shown this to be pleasant The environment of a hospital with large windows overlooking nature can speed a patient's recovery, so we wanted to know if this applies to treatment rooms.
The study vs. New. Old Gym
For our study We randomly assigned two groups of people aged 35 years or over with hip or knee pain to one of the two treatment rooms for exercise therapy.
A group (42 people) trained in a modern space overlooking nature, lots of sunlight and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The other group (40 people) was sent to a bare, unadorned room in the basement of a 1
A physical therapist monitored both groups, and both the physiotherapist and participants were unaware of the purpose of the study. In linguistic usage, the study was "double blind".
For comparison, there was a third group of participants who were put on a waiting list and did not move at all during the eight weeks in which the study lasted.
We asked participants to report their overall improvement, pain relief and functional improvement. We tested their aerobic performance, muscle strength and walking speed before and after the eight weeks and interviewed some of the participants to gain a better understanding of their training experience in the two different rooms.  A lot of secrecy was used in the analysis of the results to prevent researchers from influencing the results with their beliefs For example, in the data analyzes, the groups were labeled A and B and the interpretation of the results was agreed in writing before it became known which group had trained in which room.
Both groups improved, but one group reported that they felt better overall, with more pain relief and greater functional improvement. However, there was no difference between aerobic capacity, muscle strength and walking speed between groups.
The third group of 21 who was waiting did not improve in any of the measures taken.
Old School Rules
When the groups were uncovered, they were discovered It became clear that the group was in the old room in the old room Keller was training, showing a greater improvement when asked: How is your knee / hip pain now when you enter the study? This contradicts our expectations.
We interviewed some of the participants and showed them photos of the two rooms to spark a discussion about their impressions: The persons who trained in the old room did not feel the aged appearance negatively in the environment at home and expressed nostalgia because it reminded her of her old gym. They also had a stronger sense of community – they were together and working as a team to achieve their goals.
In the new room, the large windows were distractions, and attendees said they did not feel part of a team. The large wall mirrors in the new room were also not appreciated. Participants said they would not like the look of their untrained legs and their often overweight bodies.
So, when you start thinking about training, take your time and find a training environment that feels right for you. or join a group where you have similar goals. If you can join a group and train in an environment that you really like, improve your chances of getting fit and feeling better. And as our study shows, it really did not have to be during training.
Ewa M. Roos, Professor of Muscle and Joint Health, University of Southern Denmark. This article was republished by The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.