When hitting the gym in aims to lose weight, the first machines or exercises people tend to focus on are cardiovascular. However, new research shows that weight training can be more effective for long-term weight loss.
Researchers from the Iowa State University analyzed data from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, which tracked thousands of participants’ health and fitness for 18 years. It indicated that those who engaged in weight training were 20 to 30 percent less likely to become obese.
The research also reported that practicing weight-based training several times a week for one or two hours corresponded with healthier body weights.
Based on their findings, adding even a little bit of weight training to your routine can go a long way. If you’re just starting off with exercising and creating a workout schedule, make sure you add some time to work on weights, rather than cardio.