It’s Friday Fitness!

Posted 06/14/2013 | By HealthCorps

Quick News Flash: The web site offers an exercise converter app that tells you, when you eat a food, how many minutes of exercise is required to burn off the calories, based on your weight.

Quick News Flash: A recent study suggests that mice, that are regularly active exercisers, have larger midbrains.

Quick News Flash:  Which is best for weight loss and fat loss – resistance training or aerobic training? Opinions still differ on the subject, though a recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology (2012; 113{12}, 1831 – 1837) attempted to answer the question.  Participants were divided into 3 groups:  A pure aerobic exercise group, a pure resistance training group, and a combined aerobic and resistance training group.

Both the pure aerobic and the combined aerobic/resistance groups lost the most weight, while the resistance only group gained a bit of weight.  The researchers caution that for resistance training to burn more calories, the exerciser needs to move through the exercise program with very short rest periods between sets (those instructions were not given to the resistance training group in this particular study).

Also “resistance only” exercise typically builds muscle as it burns fat.  So you might become leaner doing resistance training, but since muscle weighs more than fat, your weight can actually increase a bit.

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