Aerobics versus weight training: which is better?

June 6, 2016 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

If beating belly fat is your goal, aerobics wins, says a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism.  Visceral fat (the kind of fat that collects around the internal organs in the abdomen) contributes to overall mortality and to health conditions such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  Reducing belly fat is a good strategy for living longer and healthier, but advocates have long debated the merits of aerobics, strength training, or some combination.

Researchers put all the theories to the test when they divided 196 overweight people into three exercise groups: (1) aerobics, (2) resistance training, and (3) combination.  All three groups exercised roughly the same amount of time each week.  The aerobics group was most effective at burning off belly fat and reducing overall body mass.  The resistance training group burned off a little belly fat, and their body mass actually increased due to an increase in lean muscle mass.  Muscle weighs more than fat.

Researchers note that future research could put a finer point on the conclusions.  For instance, what’s best at keeping weight off?  But when it comes to people who already have weight to lose and a limited amount of time each week to exercise, the conclusion is that dedicating that time to aerobics is the most efficient plan.

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