According to U.S. News & World Report’s HealthDay, when it comes to losing fat and weight in general, aerobics exercise might be more beneficial to you than most other forms of exercise–including resistance training. The study, done by the Duke University Medical Center and published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, says that in the never-ending battle for some to lose weight (especially when you’re short on time–à la brides-to-be), if you focus more time on aerobics, you’re more likely to see bigger and better results. While resistance training can do wonders for blood sugar control, toning muscles and improving bone mass, the study showed that if you’re looking to shed pounds mostly, getting your Tae Bo on is your best bet.
The study, led by Leslie Willis, had 234 middle-aged men and women who were struggling with obesity put in one of three groups to be followed for eight months. One was a resistance training group, another was an aerobics class group, while the last was a combination of both aerobics and resistance training. For resistance, participants used a vast array of weight machines three times a week for three hours, while those in the aerobics group used only elliptical machines or treadmills, doing about 133 minutes of work a week, about 12 miles. Of course, the combination group did both things back and forth, three times a week.
In the end, those who did the aerobics courses, as well as the combination group, lost a good amount of weight. But the aerobic group lost more body weight while the combination group saw the biggest change in their waist line circumference. To sum up the results and to clarify everything, Willis says, “If fat mass is something a person wants to target, I would say your most time-efficient method would be to focus on the cardiovascular exercise. Resistance training did increase lean mass, but it doesn’t change fat mass, so the pounds didn’t change.”
Personally, I would recommend engaging in both resistance training, as well as aerobics exercise as the combination group did so that not only will you lose weight, but you will be able to tone certain muscles up at the same time. However, if you don’t have time for all that and only seek to drop the pounds to get your swexy back, focusing more on aerobics can go a long way. But either way, if you’re engaging in any form of exercise at all, give yourself a pat on the back, boo, because you obviously care about your health, and not too many people do these days.