Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Soccer? To Blowtorch Bodyfat?
A recently published research experiment on sedentary men with high blood pressure showed that in just 3 months of playing soccer twice a week, there was a fall in blood pressure aswell as a percentage of bodyfat amongst subjects. Far more than doing moderate-intensity cardio like swimming or running.
The experiment was carried out by the University Of Copenhagen as part of a long-term project on soccer and health.
The researchers of the experiement concluded that based on the results, soccer can be recommended as part of the treatment for high blood pressure and for fat loss aswell.
What does this mean to us?
Well, soccer is fundamentally a form of interval training although the work and rest periods are randomized.
It's also multi-directional and multi-movement (jumping, heading, running, sprinting, kicking, tackling, with contact).
Basically this study suggests that open interval training, using multiple movements and directions is far more effective for fat loss when compared to long slow steady state cardio.
Finally some research that makes sense! It's what I've been saying all along.
Use short burst workouts like circuit training and intervals to burn more body fat that will help you to create metabolic disturbance.
Peace out : )
source: Medical News Today (www.medicalnewstoday.com)