Cardio Helps to Improve Metabolism, a Study Claims


Published Date : Aug 27, 2018

Comparision between cardio and strength training is the issue in the world of exercise. While some of the fitness enthusiasts happily spent hours on their treadmill and some of them spent on a cardio while, some of these people complete workout by lifting heavy weights. Among these forms, there is no clear winner and results from the exercise is totally depend on the fitness goals.

Despite the strength training claims that they burn more calories than cardio, however, a new study has revealed that cardio may offer more benefits in terms of improving metabolism. This study was conducted by the researchers at the University of Copenhagen, they examined the difference between the production levels of the hormone. After a group of participants completed both strength training and weight training programs, the researchers observed the changes.

This study is published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight. The study is based on the 10 healthy men who were divided into two groups based on strength training and weight training. The men who were completing their daily exercise on a bicycle and those doing strength training were doing five exercises and repeated it for 10 times, to work on the major muscle group of the body such as chest, triceps, biceps, and quads. After this workout, their blood samples were taken before the four-hour period to observe the levels of lactic acid, blood sugar, bile, and different levels of hormones.

The analysis concluded that those who had cycling experience, they produced the hormone FGF21, which offered the numerous positive effects on the metabolism and process through which body is able to convert food into energy. This is beneficial to them as higher metabolism helps to promote weight loss.