Quitting Cardio Backlash

For those who rely on endurance training to keep the weight off, a new study suggests that there may be a hefty price to pay when you quit or drastically cut the number of miles you normally put in. The U.S. Department of Energy's Life Sciences Division found that getting back into a pattern of exercise-induced weight loss after a layoff is considerably more difficult than if you never stopped.

Analyzing the running habits of thousands of men and women over a period of 7-1/2 years, researchers found that men who quit running for a period and then started back had to run at least 20 miles per week, on average, before they started to lose any of the weight they gained during the dormant stage. That baseline figure was 10 miles per week for women.

The Bigger Picture: Although very interesting, this study did not examine the multi-faceted benefits of combining resistance training with a regular program of cardio conditioning. Results of another recent study suggest that weight lifting can have a dramatic impact on weight maintenance and metabolic health. Check it out at http://www.americanbodybuilding.com.
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