Trying to Lose Weight? Study Says Skip the Weights, Stick to Aerobics

August 30, 2011  |  

This is possibly a no-brainer, but hey, never hurts to hear it again. If you’re a lady working on your fitness at the gym, a new study says jogging and other aerobic activities are more beneficial than picking up weights. Good ‘ol running. Your favorite activity, right? (Yeah, right).

An eight month study conducted by Duke University Medical Center found that when you’re trying to lose that stubborn body fat, aerobics are more effective. Especially  in the fight to lose the fat near the abdomen called visceral and liver fat, which can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. That belly fat that keeps you from feeling less than fab can be obliterated (through hard work and time) by long distance running, biking, swimming, and a lot more. Mixing resistance training (weight lifting of any sorts) with aerobics can be helpful in burning off a large amount of calories, so don’t run away from weights completely. But resistance training is more or less about improving strength and toning, the focus isn’t on weight loss as much.

With obesity rates in America increasing to the nines, it’s best we take any advice we can get out here folks. Especially the free kind (a la, go for a run in the park for free.99?). If you’re not the most athletic person out there, other aerobic exercises you can try at your local gym or outside other than getting your run on include the following:

  • Stair climbing
  • Elliptical trainer
  • Indoor rower
  • Stairmaster
  • Stationary bicycles
  • Treadmill (of course!)
  • Real cycling
  • Skating (Roll, bounce!)
  • Jumping rope
  • Swimming

…and a lot more. So you know what to do when you get to the gym, girl. You “betta” work!

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