First off, don't get us wrong: strength and resistance training will always be important, especially for toning.
According to a new study, however, it's looking more and more like aerobics are the key to burning fat and losing weight!
'Resistance training, which includes weight lifting to build muscle mass, is normally more advised because it has the ability to raise a person's resting metabolic rate — the amount of calories you burn while resting — and improve glucose control. But, resistance training's effects on fat loss have not been proven.'
And it's true: aerobics are tried and true. Here's what the study author says:
"Balancing time commitments against health benefits, our study suggests that aerobic exercise is the best option for reducing fat mass and body mass. It's not that resistance training isn't good for you; it's just not very good at burning fat."
Here's how the study went down: they took 234 overweight and obese people, and put them on either resistance training (three sets of weight lifting for three days a week, eight to 12 repetitions per set), aerobic training (about 12 miles a week) or aerobic and resistance training (both requirements).
The sessions were monitored so everyone was doing everything correctly. They then used data from 119 people who successfully completed the exercise regiment.
The results? Aerobic exercise group worked out an average of 133 minutes a week and lost weight, while the resistance group worked out about 180 minutes a week without dropping pounds.
The combination group, while having to spend twice the amount of time to complete both routines, had a mixed result.
The author continued:
"No one type of exercise will be best for every health benefit. However, it might be time to reconsider the conventional wisdom that resistance training alone can induce changes in body mass or fat mass due to an increase in metabolism, as our study found no change."
But, like we said, resistance training is still very important.
It will build muscle to help you out in the long run — especially when you get older and begin to lose muscle mass!
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