Beat Obesity: Researchers say Weight Training Along with Aerobic Exercise Is The Key

With the holiday season in full swing, people are ready let go of their stress and tuck in to all the wondrous delights the season has to offer. What comes next, are pounds gained over this period, consumed alongside hearty meals. Older men who are worried about obesity can take this advice, straight from the researchers at the Harvard University.

According to the researchers, in men, age related obesity can be overcome by a healthy regime of aerobic exercise and weight training. For the study the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health observed 10,500 healthy middle-aged men who were 40 or above through the Health Professional Follow-up study. These people were assessed for their body weight, waist circumference and finally their physical activity over a long duration of time (12 years). And while prior studies targeted people with certain co morbid; diabetes hypertension and obesity were absent in these people.

Lead author of the study, Rania Mekary, of Department of Nutrition believes that, “Because aging is associated with sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass, relying on body weight alone is insufficient for the study of healthy aging. Measuring waist circumference is a better indicator of healthy body composition among older adults. Engaging in resistance training or, ideally, combining it with aerobic exercise, could help older adults lessen abdominal fat while increasing or preserving muscle mass.”

The researchers found that those men who followed a healthy exercise plan and incorporated 20 minutes of weight training with it, did not have so much increase in age related obesity as compared to those who preferred to forgo the weight training. The analysis included other parameters which observed the fluctuations in the time duration of the workout and noted increased obesity with sedentary lifestyle.

The greatest decrease in obesity was seen with effective weight training and aerobic workout combined together.

“This study underscores the importance of weight training in reducing abdominal obesity, especially among the elderly. To maintain a healthy weight and waistline, it is critical to incorporate weight training with aerobic exercise,” said Frank Hu who is a professor at the department of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard.

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