Did you know that neuromuscular training like high-intensity interval training really is effective for fat loss? Recent research also found that eating before exercise can help you burn more carbohydrates.
In case you missed the latest fitness news, here are five of the latest research findings on exercise.
1. Neuromuscular training such as HIIT is effective for fat loss
Neuromuscular training refers to high-intensity, high-force, and explosive muscle contractions. This type of exercise is effective at increasing the speed at which muscles respond and produce force. One popular and well-known workout that incorporates neuromuscular training is high-intensity interval training or HIIT.
HIIT incorporates cardiovascular activities into interval and circuit-like programs. A typical HIIT workout lasts between four to 15 minutes and an absolute maximum of 30 minutes.
A recent study showed that a high-intensity neuromuscular training program over a period of 10 months resulted in long-term progressive and sustained reduction in body mass and fat loss. To read more about this study, click here.
2. Eating before exercise can help you burn more carbs
Our body maintains our blood glucose levels through blood glucose kinetics which is comprised of the ratio of blood glucose levels to the rate of disposal of glucose from the blood into the tissues. Exercise acts as an influential factor in encouraging the release of glucose into the muscle from the blood.
A recent study found that “breakfast before exercise increases carbohydrate burning during exercise, and that this carbohydrate wasn’t just coming from the breakfast that was just eaten, but also from carbohydrate stored in our muscles as glycogen.” The study’s co-author, Rob Edinburgh, PhD, suggests that the increase in the body’s use of muscle glycogen may explain why the body clears blood sugar levels faster after lunch when participants ate breakfast before exercising. To read more about this study, click here.
3. A lack of exercise may be linked to a higher prevalence of non-infectious diseases
The figures across the world for the lack of exercise have shown no improvement since the year 2001. It is known that lack of exercise is a leading cause of non-communicable diseases, impacting quality of life as well as mental health.
A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the highest rates of a lack of exercise were from the Caribbean, Latin America, high-income Western countries, and high-income countries in the Asia Pacific. The rates were doubled in higher-income countries than lower-income countries in 2016. For more on this study, click here.
4. Music helps you increase stamina for exercise
Playing music as a stimulus has always been a popular choice in exercise and sport-related tasks, but it has not been until recently that the brain’s reaction to musical effects has been investigated.
A recent study used MRI scans to study different brain regions’ responses to musical stimuli played during isometric exercises. They found that in some ways, music does offer a sort of psychological buffer to discomfort related to exercise and can affect the perception of task-unrelated information, rather, all the external noises and distractions that would break one’s focus. Extensive brain-region scans are well documented as the authors note, but they found particular areas of the brain activated that they did not expect. For more on this study, click here.
5. Aerobic exercise can help improve your attention
Aerobic exercise intends to improve the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. Previous studies have found that aerobic exercise may have short-term effects on increased cognitive functions.
A recent study found improved reaction times regarding inhibitory control with aerobic exercise. Inhibitory control in this sense is described as the ability to stay focused on the task at hand, even in the face of environmental distractions. This is key for improving learning behaviors, particularly in a classroom setting, as measured in this study. For more on this study, click here.
- Hizartzidis, Lacey. “HIIT The Gym: Study Shows Neuromuscular Training Is Effective For Fat Loss – Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research”. Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research, 2018, https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/hiit-neuromuscular-training-fat-loss/. Accessed 5 Nov 2018.
- Ahuja, Shrishti. “Does Eating Before Exercise Help You Burn More Carbs? – Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research”. Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research, 2018, https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/eating-before-exercise-burn-more-carbs/. Accessed 5 Nov 2018.
- Fernandez, Sonia. “Lack Of Exercise May Be Linked To Higher Prevalence Of Non-Communicable Diseases – Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research”. Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research, 2018, https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/lack-exercise-non-communicable-diseases/. Accessed 5 Nov 2018.
- Powers, Cooper. “Finding Your Beat: How To Increase Stamina For Exercise – Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research”. Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research, 2018, https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/how-to-increase-stamina-exercise/. Accessed 5 Nov 2018.
- Powers, Cooper. “Can Aerobic Exercise Increase Cognitive Performance In Young Adults? – Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research”. Medical News Bulletin | Health News And Medical Research, 2018, https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/can-aerobic-exercise-increase-cognitive-performance-young-adults/. Accessed 5 Nov 2018.