Can Working Out Less Burn More Calories?By Michael Frank on February 14th, 2013
Every week another study tells you how to lose weight. This one is interesting for what it didn’t find. The study, conducted on 72 middle-aged women, divided them into three groups: one set worked out twice a week, another four times a week, and a third six times a week. What researchers expected was that those working out the most might lose the most weight and become the strongest aerobically and muscularly. Instead, all of the women gained almost exactly the same amounts of endurance as well as strength, but the women who worked out four times a week actually burned the most calories. The reason? Working out too often, the researchers say, sucks up important leisure time, and leisure time also tends to burn more calories among the physically fit. The upshot isn’t that exercise addicts have to do less, but that if you’re working out for endurance- or strength maintenance, less is indeed more. Via New York Times.
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