When it comes to weight loss and and fat loss, aerobic training is better than resistance training (weight training) according to a new study published in the December 2012 edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology.
The study entitled "Effects of aerobic and/or resistance training on body mass and fat mass in overweight or obese adults" is believed to the largest randomized trial to directly compare changes in body composition induced by comparable amounts of time spent doing aerobic and resistant training, or both in combination, among previously inactive overweight or obese non-diabetic adults.
Many people underestimate the value of resistance training (weight lifting) for weight loss. While people tend to understand that combining exercise with dieting increases weight loss success, they tend to minimize the importance of resistance exercise (aka resistance training or weight training).
While any form of exercise is helpful for weight loss, since it helps burn calories, resistance exercise (aka resistance training or weight training) is extremely effective in promoting weight loss because you not only burn calories while exercising, but resistance exercise (aka resistance training or weight training) helps develop lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have the higher your resting metabolic rate. A higher resting metabolic rate results in more energy expenditure every minute of the day. In other words, someone with more lean muscle burns more calories throughout the day, even when sleeping, than someone with less lean muscle.
Have you ever noticed that as we age it becomes harder to keep our muscles healthy? Muscle get smaller, which decreases muscle strength and increases the likelihood of falls and bone fractures.
New research is showing how muscle loss happens and what can be done to prevent muscle loss as we age.
Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program, especially as we age. If your aerobic workouts aren't balanced by routine strength training, you will be missing out on a key component of overall health and fitness. Strength training provides addditional benefits that aerobic training does not provide. With a regular strength training program, you can increase bone strength, slow bone loss, increase lean muscle mass, increase growth hormone levels and burn calories more efficiently by raising your metabolic rate. Strength training can also help improve your insulin sensivity, a key hormone associated with muscle loss, diabtes and aging.
While, the popularity of weight training has grown over the past decade, so has the number of weight training-related injuries requiring hospital emergency care.
A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found that the number of injuries from weight training requiring emergency room treatment in the U.S. hospital emergency departments has increased by 50% between 1990 and 2007 to almost 1 million cases.