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Mix Up The Exercise Regimen For Optimum Health Benefits

May 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study finds that more exercise is not really as good for you as more types of exercise. Performing a single type of workout – just running, just cycling, etc. – is less effective for fitness and weight loss than following a regimen of resistance exercises, interval sprints, pilates or yoga stretching, and endurance exercise. The study involved 36 females and 21 males aged 35 to 57 who were obese or overweight -- basically out of shape. For 16 weeks three randomly assigned groups ate the same amount of whey protein daily, but exercised differently: some were sedentary, some did resistance training, and some did multidimensional activities. The researchers found that multidimensional exercisers showed the greatest health improvements, including weight loss, abdominal fat loss and lower blood pressure.
P. J. Arciero et al., "Timed-daily Ingestion of Whey Protein and Exercise Training Reduces Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass and Improves Insulin Resistance: The PRISE Study. ", Journal of Applied Physiology, May 30, 2014, © Journal of Applied Physiology
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