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Exercise: High intensity provides more benefits in women
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Women who engaged in "high intensity" exercise of aerobic dance lost 4.6 pounds more than women who followed a "low intesity" exercise program of walking.
Risk factors for coronary heart disease fell in both groups of women, however, LDL cholesterol and fasting blood sugar levels fell significantly more in women engaged in aerobic dance than those who followed a walking.
Leg strength and maximum aerobic capacity was also greater in aerobic dance group than the walking group.
The study lasted three-and-one-half months (14 weeks) and involved 90 obese women.
The lead author of the study was Tomohiro Okura from the Department of Epidemiology, National Institute for Longevity Sciences at the prestigous Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Okura T, Nakata Y, Tanaka K. Effects of exercise intensity on physical fitness and risk factors for coronary heart disease. Obes Res. 2003 Sep, 11(9):1131-39.
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