So, starting on that New Year’s resolution, huh? Well, to really maximize your gains, aerobic exercise just won’t cut it. It’s time to start pumping iron.
A study published in Obesity has found that men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat than men who did the same amount of aerobic exercise.
Researchers examined 10,500 healthy use men aged 40 and over for a period between 1996 and 2008. They examined the men’s waistlines year to year and found that men who increased their weight lifting by twenty minutes a day had less gain than those performing aerobic exercise. And of course, those who increased their sedentary activity (e.g., TV-watching) gained a lot.
According to Frank Hu, one of the authors, “To maintain a healthy weight and waistline, it is critical to incorporate weight training with aerobic exercise.”
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