Ward Off age-related Abdominal Fat with Weight Training

Posted on Jan 31, 2015

Ward Off age-related Abdominal Fat with Weight Training
Friday, January 30, 2015 09:55 PM

Weight training for 20 minutes per day helped healthy men stave off age-related abdominal fat gain better than engaging in aerobic activities for the same amount of time, according to research published in Obesity.

Although aerobic exercise alone was associated with less weight gain than weight training overall, a combination of the two optimized waist circumference results researchers found.

Because long-term weight training leads to this concomitant fat loss and muscle gain, this has been shown to prevent and treat many chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Researchers prospectively examined the effects of weight training, moderate to vigorous aerobic activity and replacement between the two on waist circumference and body weight in 10,500 healthy men from the ongoing Health Professionals Follow-up Study over 12 years.

The strongest inverse association with waist circumference change was seen when weight training for twenty minutes per day was substituted for any other discretionary activity. Moderate to vigorous aerobic activity showed the strongest inverse association with body weight change.

Incorporating weight training with aerobic exercise is crucial to maintain a healthy waistline.



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