Finding the best exercise to get rid of the excess fat that can form in and around your gut is no small task. As we age, abdominal fat accrues naturally, so we have to work to keep it off. Scientists continue to find new ways of refining the best method, but it is most definitely a result of healthy living.
From diet to exercise and rest, everything you do can have an effect on whether or not you put on weight or lose it. It’s no surprise, then, that in one new study, scientists have gained more evidence that one type of exercise alone isn’t the best way to get results; it requires a coordinated combination of both cardio (aerobic) exercise and resistance training.
Scientists have been able to determine that while cardio exercises alone, like jogging and swimming, will help you lose your gut more than resistance training, neither are as effective on their own when compared with using performing cardio and resistance training in conjunction with one another. A combination has also been shown to improve your Insulin Efficiency. In fact, performing them in the right order can lead to even better results.
With results published in the journal Obesity, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health looked at the best way to combat the tendency our bodies have to build up abdominal fat and lose muscle as we age.
By using the vast amount of data gathered from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which lasted from 1996 to 2008, scientists examined the exercises of 10,500 healthy men over the age of 40 with a variety of Body Mass Indexes (BMIs). They found that men who increased their resistance training and aerobic exercise gained less abdominal fat over time than others engaging in a single type of exercise. All groups gained less abdominal fat than those who increased their sedentary behavior.
According to Frank Hu, senior author of the study, “To maintain a healthy weight and waistline, it is critical to incorporate weight training with aerobic exercise.”
While this study focused on men, it has also been shown that strength training is just as important for women.
This study reinforces the other studies that Olumia Life has based its Fitness system on. More than a combination of strength and cardio exercises, Olumia Life also features an optimized set of core exercises to maximize your performance. As we age, regular exercise helps keep us young and core training has already been shown to help prevent injuries while improving balance.
Remember to check with the Olumia Life app to always have the right exercises, variety, order and progression for optimal results at the ready when you begin your workout.
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