New Research Reopens the Cardio vs Weights Debate [Help a Reader Out - Which do you find more effective?]
By The Great Fitness Experiment on December 11, 2013
Just when you thought it was safe to retrieve the forks and knives you hid during the “Are white potatoes a nutritious natural food or glycemic index hell tuber?” debate, scientists have given us another research study that brings up more questions than it answers. This time it’s about whether cardio or weight lifting produces better health outcomes in obese teenage girls and the answer is, well, a little surprising given the current zeitgeist in the fitness community panning steady state cardio. The study, published in the November 2013 Journal of American Physiology, took 44 adolescent, obese girls and randomly assigned them to three groups: the aerobic exercise group did one hour of running on a treadmill or using an elliptical three times a week, the resistance exercise group did one hour of weight lifting three times a week and the last group did no exercise.
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