Saturday, August 25, 2012

Aerobic exercise burns more calories than resistance training

Aerobic exercise burns more calories than resistance training but its impact on weight loss is minimal. Some find it hard to accept but exercise isn't necessarily helping us lose weight.
Resistance training is great for improving strength and increasing lean body mass. But if you are overweight, and you want to lose weight, you need to know that exercise has a disappointingly small effect on weight loss. Exercise is great for our physical health and state of mind, and aerobic exercise may be the better choice.
According to the study published in published in the August 25 issue of the American Journal of Physiology, running beats weight lifting for losing weight.
The researchers found that aerobic exercise burned 67 percent more calories than resistance training but the report did not did not mention that even if you exercised every day, in order to achieve any noticeable weight reduction, you would have to do it for hours each day.
The study at the Duke University Medical Center compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (such as jogging), resistance training (such as weight lifting), or a combination of the two activities.
Aerobic exercise significantly improved risk factors for heart disease and diabetes Resistance training didn't deliver these benefits. Aerobic exercise plus resistance training achieved results similar to aerobic exercise alone, the investigators found.
The role of exercise in weight loss has been wildly overstated. When it comes to shedding pounds, it is what and how much we eat that counts most. There are certain foods we should eat and certain ones we should avoid. If you we change what eat and how eat, we will be able to lose weight.
Physical activity (unless done vigorously like a professional athlete) is a minor component to the economy of weight loss. Exercise is great for our physical health and overall wellbeing, but it has a small effect on weight loss. The critical component is what food we eat.


  1. Hi, then the common people, whose sre not pro athletes can make aerobic excersice when are not ready to intesnive excersice. Many peopla say "there is nothiong like walk or run 30 minutes every day for stay healthy"

  2. Thanks for give us those tips. I have seen unprepared men and women starting a routine with very instnsive work because they wanna lose weight fast, but the routine its so hard for them that soon they feel bad give up. Aerobic excercice is good for starters and also vetenas, why not?

  3. Hi I aver have heard that aerobic excercice is the best one, nad is good for starters. I have seen some starters trying to do instense excercises but they give up soon, and never lose weight.

    1. My housband walk 5 miles a day, and really not excercies, just walks and he keeps in shape.

  4. I currently have an acquaintance right now who is doing this. In order to lose weight and get over a plateau, she is all about the exercise. I have to say she is going to be very disappointed. Many studies have shown that exercise will not have you lose weight toan y great degree. And I personally always gain from water weight in the muscles. Lets say you burn off 500 calories in a week from exercise and two days that same week, consume 250 calories more than you thought you did -- an easy thing to do. Well, you just eliminated the exercise calories. All this work, just destroys your motivation.

  5. Hi
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    The amount of calories you’ll burn strength training compared with aerobic, or cardiovascular, exercise depends on the intensity level of your workout.


  6. I love dance aerobic exercises. It's a lot more fun and less worrying about getting an exact move down. Let yous body work it out on itself. I've lost 10 pounds in the past couple of months. Small changes. Big results.

  7. Very interesting indeed. It seems as if I may have been doing the wrong sort of exercise in trying to lose weight and I bet a lot of people have also made this same mistake. I will have to change my plans on the exercise schedule I have :(

  8. I much prefer aerobic exercise to resistance training. I dance at home and sometimes follow exercise videos. I'm glad to see it's an effective method for burning calories!

  9. This is really a helpful post. I can now show this to my gym trainer and ask him to let me do more cardio than strength training. This also motivates me to join an aerobics class.

  10. I have been trying to tell my friends from the weight loss club that it is what and how much you eat, and not that much of exercise to lose weight. Your post says just the same and I am happy I am on track. Keep sharing. Great Blog.