Not everyone starts a new exercise plan in search of lean abs or bigger biceps. Many have the no less important goal of preserving their longevity. But making the first steps can be hard, especially for those who aren't huge fans of running – the standard-issue exercise for iron-cladding your heart.
If that sounds familiar, the good news is that scientists have an alternative prescription: drop and give them 10 instead.
According to researchers at the University of Pristina, it makes no difference to your overall health whether you embark on a routine of jogging or bodyweight exercises.
The scientists chose 57 students for an experiment and divided them into three groups: one did endurance training on a treadmill, another took part in strength-based circuits, and the third did nothing. The groups who exercised lost weight and had lower body fat measurements at the end. What was remarkable was how similar the results were.
The researchers concluded that both kinds of exercise were equally beneficial for your cardiovascular system. So, if you’d rather safeguard your health from the relative comfort of your living room while sculpting your pecs, you can skip tomorrow morning's run.
That said, if you do still prefer escaping to the park for an early morning run, that's good too.
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