Lift weights to fight overweight

Antonio Paoli, Tatiana Moro, Antonino Bianco

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Abstract

Although resistance training (RT) has long been accepted as a means for developing and maintaining muscular strength, endurance, power and muscle mass, its beneficial relationship with health factors and chronic disease has only recently been recognized in the scientific literature. Prior to 1990, resistance training was not a part of the recommended guidelines for exercise training and rehabilitation for either the American Heart Association or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In 1990, the ACSM recognized resistance training as a significant component of a comprehensive fitness programme for healthy adults of all ages, a position subsequently confirmed few years after. At present, even though interest in clinical applications of RT is increasing, there are still some concerns, among physicians, about the use of this exercise methodology in weight control programmes. This review aims to explore the metabolic effects of RT and its efficacy and feasibility in overweight subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Excess postexercise oxygen consumption
  • Exercise
  • Metabolism
  • Overweight
  • Resistance training
  • Weight control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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