Test groups – University of Copenhagen

The three test groups

After drawing lots, the participants in the exercise study were divided into 3 groups:

 

Group 1 - High-dose physical exercise
Participants in this group exercised 7 days a week with a calorie consumption of 600 kcal per exercise session. This was equivalent to approximately 1 hour per day. From previous studies, our experience was that this is a realistic goal. The participants were not asked to change their habits in any other way.
 

 

 

Group 2 - Moderate-dose physical exercise
Participants in this group exercised 7 days a week with a calorie consumption of 300 kcal per exercise session. This was equivalent to approximately ½ hour per day. The participants were not asked to change their habits in any other way.

 

 

Group 3 - Control group
Participants in this group continued to live as usual. That is, they did not change their exercise or dietary habits at all. After the test period, they were offered advice on exercise and diet, and a follow-up fitness test, if they wished.