Motivation to adhere to exercise may be improved by consumption of New Zealand blackcurrants

22 August 2019

The current recommendation for adults is for thirty minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day, however, 50% of adults fail to achieve these guidelines. An individual’s motivation to continue exercising and adhere to an exercise regime is influenced by their ‘affective response’ to exercise – which includes emotions and mood. 

Developing foods or dietary supplements that specifically support the desire to exercise would be of benefit to people wanting to adhere to an exercise programme and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

In this study, participants who consumed polyphenolic-rich New Zealand blackcurrant juice one hour prior to exercise showed a lower perception of exercise exertion than the control group.

The study tested 40 sedentary adults, who consumed polyphenolic-rich New Zealand blackcurrant juice one hour prior to walking for up to two hours at a moderate pace designed not to induce physical fatigue. Individuals who consumed the polyphenolic-rich juice one hour prior to exercise had a significantly lower perception of the exercise exertion at time-points over the first 60 minutes than the control group.


Related studies:

New Zealand blackcurrant extract offers benefits for exercise recovery

New Zealand blackcurrants support an active life


Journal Reference

Lomiwes, D, Ha, B, Ngametua, N, Burr, N, Cooney, J, Trower, T, Sawyer, G, Hedderley, D, Hurst, R, Hurst, S 2019. Timed consumption of a New Zealand blackcurrant juice support positive affective responses during a self-motivated moderate walking exercise in healthy sedentary adults. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 16:33

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