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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31826d9403
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Exercise as a Management Strategy for the Overweight and Obese: Where Does Resistance Exercise Fit in?

Sword, David O. PT, DPT, CSCS

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Abstract

SUMMARY: EXCESS BODYWEIGHT, SPECIFICALLY EXCESS FAT WEIGHT, INCREASES THE RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE AND PREMATURE DEATH. INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY/EXERCISE IS A RECOMMENDED STRATEGY FOR THOSE SEEKING TO EFFECTIVELY REDUCE AND MANAGE BODYWEIGHT. TRADITIONALLY, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE FOCUSED ON AEROBIC-TYPE ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS WALKING, BIKING, SWIMMING, AND THE LIKE, WHICH TEND TO RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT CALORIC EXPENDITURE DURING THE EXERCISE SESSION. STUDIES SUGGEST THAT RESISTANCE EXERCISE CAN ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN A LONG-TERM WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, ALBEIT THROUGH DIFFERENT MECHANISMS. THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES CURRENT ACTIVITY/EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WEIGHT LOSS/MANAGEMENT AND DISCUSSES THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF RESISTANCE EXERCISE.

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