Aerobic Exercise Trumps Resistance Training for Weight and Fat Loss


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Image courtesy of[/caption]The United States of America has the highest rate of obesity of all countries in the world. By 2030, more than half of the population of this country will be obese. Two-thirds of adults are already overweight. In such a scenario, efforts to lose weight are on in big measures.

Apart from observing discretion in the intake of food, people should also be aware of effective ways of losing excess fat through physical activity.

In this context, researchers from the Duke Medicine have found that aerobic exercises like running, swimming and walking are more effective is losing weight when compared to resistance training involving the lifting of weights. The results of the study are published in the Dec. 15, 2012, in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Aerobic Exercise Trumps Resistance Training for Weight and Fat Loss
  • 234 obese and overweight adults were made to participate in this study and divided into the resistance training group, the aerobic group and the combination group
  • 119 participants successfully completed the exercise regime and final data were collected from them
  • It revealed that though the theory suggests that resistance training is effective in losing weight by increasing the body’s resting metabolism rate, it is not that effective in losing fat
  • Instead, the participants from the aerobic group lost most of their excess fat in their body
  • Participants from the combination group spent more time by exercising in both the ways and lost most of their waist circumference
  • Interestingly, the participants from the resistance training group were found to gain weight on the contrary owing to the rise in their lean body mass
  • The researchers said that the choice of the mode of exercise is age-specific
  • They recommend resistance training for middle aged and older people in whom wasting of the muscles is a health common issue
  • They believe that young adults should instead focus on running, swimming and cycling in order to retain their shape
Implications of the Research Findings
  • One can do away with the amount of money spent on gymnasium every month
  • Instead, the amount can be diverted into buying healthy foods and drinks
  • Swimming, running and walking are all natural forms of exercises for remaining in good shape
  • They require a strong sense of discipline and commitment and guarantee a healthy physical body for sure
  • On the contrary, resistance training involves complete dependence on the local gymnasium for exercising
  • Aerobic exercises allow us to be flexible in choosing the time of our workouts in contrast to the fixed timing of the gymnasium
  • There can be unforeseen breaks in our exercise regime when the gymnasiums remain close owing to their maintenance issues
  • Aerobic exercises allow us to come close to the nature and cherish its beauty too

Conclusion: It is difficult to commit a specific duration of time for gymnasium from the present day hectic lifestyle. Instead, we should look for opportunities where we can walk and if possible run, while carrying out our daily routine activities to shed excess fat.



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