Mix Things Up! The More the Better

October 19th, 2010 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

Yet another study has found that the more different types of activities you do, the better your results. 

The most recent announcement  from the ADA deals with Type 2 Adults who were separated into four different exercise groups and their A1cs were monitored.  Go figure: the group that combined aerobic exercise and weight training had a better result than the groups that did only one type of exercise.

I have seen much better results in exercisers who use both aerobic and resistance training; what has been your experience?

Adults with type 2 diabetes who participate in aerobic exercise can experience improvements in HbA1c levels‚ body composition‚ and overall fitness.

The best improvements can be observed when the exercise involves a combination of aerobic and resistance training‚ according to the HART–D study‚ which included 262 men and women with type 2 diabetes. Researchers randomly assigned participants to one of four exercise regimens: supervised aerobic training only; supervised resistance training only; supervised aerobic plus resistance training; or self–directed exercise‚ which was the control group. In each exercise program‚ participants completed at least 150 minutes of training per week‚ with the researchers observing the effects of each training program for nine months. Participants assigned to aerobic plus resistance training experienced a 0.20 percent improvement in HbA1c‚ and those assigned to aerobic training alone experienced a 0.16 percent improvement‚ compared with a 0.24 percent increase in the control group. The resistance–training group experienced a nonsignificant improvement of 0.08 percent. Fat mass was significantly reduced by 0.6 kg to 1.4 kg‚ and waist circumference reduced by 1.7 cm to 2.5 cm in each exercise group when compared with the control group. The findings were presented at the Obesity Society 2010 28th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

Endocrine Today (10/12/10)

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