Why Not Aerobics??
“Aerobic” exercise is not the most effective form of exercise for fat loss. Steady-state activities such as running, cycling, dancing etc do not burn a significant number of calories. One pound of fat can fuel the body for up to 10 hours of continuous activity. “Aerobic” activity is simply inefficient for this purpose!
The maintenance of lean muscle is the most effective contribution exercise makes is the maintenance of lean muscle while fat is lost. Strength training is the only reliable way of maintaining muscle tissue. Aerobics can cause you to lose muscle due to the catabolic (muscle burning) effect of the high levels of cortisol produced during aerobics based activities.
Every pound of muscle added to an adult female requires an additional 75-100 calories per day just to keep it alive. The average person through a program of proper strength training can add enough muscle to burn an additional 3500 calories per week (1Lb of fat = 3500 calories. The amount of strength training required to effect such a change is less than one hour per week.
“Aerobic” activities are dangerous! Running is extremely damaging to the knees, hips and back along with aerobic dance. Low impact classes and exercises such as cycling are not necessarily low force. Don’t be fooled by genetic exceptions who protest that they have never been injured—overuse injuries are accumulative and we are very often not aware that we have them until it is too late. Over time the aerobic dance participant or jogger will pay the price for all that healthy activity Loss of mobility is the first step towards loss of all biological competence.
Consider this! Dr Kenneth Cooper (author of Aerobics, The New Aerobics, Aerobics for women), the US. Air Force Cardiologist who coined the term ”aerobics” (meaning a form of exercise) and has promoted their use for over 25 years now admits that he was wrong! According to Dr Cooper, further research has shown that there is no correlation between aerobic endurance performance and health, longevity, or protection against heart disease. He will admit, however, that such activities do carry with them a great risk of injury. Further, he admits that gross overuse activities such as running may be so damaging to the body as to be considered as carcinogenic.
Irving Dardik MD, former cardiovascular surgeon, contends that: “The basic concept of aerobic conditioning is wrong”
Strength training greatly increases the intensity of muscular activity and greatly reduces the risk of injury!
Aerobics…..Just say no!
Note: Performing aerobic exercise uses up a sizable portion of your body’s limited reserves and can be counter-productive if maximum gains in strength and muscular development are your goal, as training with a mixed premise never yields results of the same magnitude as adaptive specific training.