Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jogging is beneficial, soccer more so

There has long been a running argument on the best way of getting a cardio workout for fat loss. Some subscribe to the long duration slow jog theory, others to the short fast theory, still others say you should get enough cardio if you are doing rigorous weight training. Honestly I think the answer somewhere in the middle.

Cardio should be based on your individual level of fitness. If you are just starting out then most likely long distance slow burn is probably the best. But if that is becoming easy for you then perhaps you should look into some other form of cardio because our bodies adapt to the level of training then plateau effect sets in. In order to keep improving we need to keep changing things up. The following article is a good illustration of this principle.

Natural Fat Loss

Jogging is beneficial, soccer more so

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (UPI) -- Danish researchers found that those who
played soccer lost fat and developed muscle, while joggers only lost
fat and gained no muscle.

Peter Krustrup and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen, the
Copenhagen University Hospital and Bispebjerg Hospital followed a
soccer team consisting of 14 untrained men aged 20 to 40 years, a
similar group of joggers and a control group. The soccer players and
the joggers did two to three weekly rounds of soccer practice or
jogging for about one hour.

After 12 weeks, the soccer players had lost 7.7 pounds of fat and
gained more than 4.4 pounds of extra muscle mass, while the joggers
lost 4.4 pounds of fat and showed no change in total muscle mass.
However, both groups showed significant improvements in blood
pressure, insulin sensitivity and balance.

Krustrup say he thinks that it is the shifts of walking, running and
sprinting that causes the soccer players to experience better health

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

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