Best Exercise for Weight Loss
If shedding some weight via exercise is one of your health goals for the New Year and you want to get the most bang for your time, you would be best served to incorporate aerobic vs. resistance exercise. In a study that marks the largest randomized trial ever undertaken to directly quantify changes in body weight and body composition induced by engaging in aerobic vs. resistance vs. a combination of both – aerobic exercise was the clear winner.
The study subjects assigned to aerobic activity exercised an average of 133 minutes a week and lost weight and reduced total body fat and belly fat. Those assigned to resistance activity (weight lifting) exercised 180 minutes a week and did not shed a pound. The combination group, while putting in double the time commitment, did lose weight and fat mass, but not significantly more than the aerobic only group. While a combination of aerobic and resistance exercise is clearly optimal for overall health and functionality, if you are crunched for time and most concerned with weight control – aerobic exercise reins supreme. (Journal of Applied Physiology December 2012)
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