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A recent study has confirmed what many gymnastic rats have always said: Weightlifting is the superior method of flaring off fat ̵
Researchers in Denmark found out that strength training burned stored fat in the heart – which, if left unchecked, can lead to heart disease – at a much higher rate than cardio. In other words, this bench press may save you a visit to the cardiologist.
For the study, 50 participants randomly received a 12-week endurance or weight-training program (both groups worked three times a week for 45 minutes) and their results were compared to those who did not train at all.
The researchers studied two types of fat: the pericardial adipose tissue mass, the fat that surrounds the heart, and the epicardial adipose tissue mass, the fat that resides on the heart muscle tissue. While aerobic exercise and strength training reduced epicardial fat by 32 and 24 percent respectively, only weight lifting had a significant effect on pericardial fat.
Practice group, researchers said. Regitse Hojgaard Christensen, lead author of the study and researcher at the Center for Inflammation and Metabolism at Copenhagen University Hospital, told Reuters that this is probably because weightlifting helps people burn more calories than walking on a treadmill or walking the StairMaster to meet. 19659003] "We know from other studies that strength training is a stronger stimulus for increased muscle mass and metabolism than endurance training."
She explained that the weightlifting group performed three to five sets of 10 exercises each during exercise Moderate weight session. "This specific exercise intervention alone was effective in reducing both fat deposits of the heart," she told Reuters.
Keeping pericardial fat low is crucial for good heart health, since studies have found that too much of it can lead to an irregular heart rate and a fast heart rate, which can lead to poor blood circulation.
These findings, however, give you no excuse to completely discard cardio. The researchers suggested using both aerobic and strength training to reduce heart fat.