Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Aerobic Exercise - Not just for Weight Loss

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Jonny Bowden, author, nutritionist and weight loss coach cuts through all the misconceptions about diet and fitness to help you transform your body, your health and your life.

OK, I admit it -- I've not been a fan of long mindless aerobic exercise, certainly not when it comes to weight loss. Recently I wrote a piece -- "The Problem with Cardio"-- that might have led you to believe I think cardio is a waste of time. That's not actually true. I think that aerobic exercise is way oversold as a weight-loss strategy, and truth be told, most people could get positive calorie burning effects in a much shorter time with high-intensity interval training. But just because jogging an hour a day may not be the most effective way to lose weight, doesn't mean you should abandon your cardio work.

Not long ago, scientists at McMaster University Department of Medicine, Health Sciences and Rheumatology Division, compared the findings of 17 studies examining the effects of exercise on anti-aging and the immune system. They wanted to answer the following question: What, if any, are the effects of regular aerobic and/ or resistance exercise on the immune system in healthy older adults?

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