10/24/02 - Quality Over Quantity

You're always busy trying to fit everything  into a day. Finding time for a workout seems almost impossible sometimes.
But a new study suggests you might actually be able to spend less time in the gym and get better results. It's called "quality" exercise, and is a combination of high intensity running or jogging, and weight lifting. A study of more than 40,000 men suggests that combination is the best way to prevent heart disease.
Rusty Brown has been working out like this for twenty years. He says, "It's better to do it right than have to do it several times over again." At 40 years old, he's never had any health problems. He credits that to the time he's spent at the gym. "I try not to be there no longer than an hour or an hour and a half," Brown says. "You don't want to spend your whole life in the gym." And you don't have to.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports it's not how long you're at the gym, it's what you do when you're there. The study found men who weight train for 30 minutes or more a week, and do high intensity cardiovascular activities, lower their risk of heart disease. 89-year-old Ben Reiminger is a perfect example of that combination working. "I do the bicycle first, then the back, then weightlifting, I do it all," Reiminger says. He says he never gets sick, and his workout is the reason. "I wouldn't be going as good as I am without going to the gym. It helps, in fact it saves my life."
The American Heart Association suggests doing some sort of aerobic activity six days a week, and weight training two to three days a week. Bottom line, if you cut back on your work-out, you need to pick up the pace to get the same results. You'll burn more calories running a mile, than walking.