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Football beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
« on: October 01, 2007, 12:50:12 PM »
Soccer beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
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A friendly game of soccer works off more fat and builds up more muscle than jogging, new research shows.

Danish scientists, who conducted their research on 37 men, also found the soccer players felt less tired after exercising than the joggers because they were having more fun.

"This is good news for men who prefer to play football (soccer) with their mates," said Dr. Gary O'Donovan, a sports medicine expert at the University of Exeter who was not connected to the study.

To measure how hard the men were working out, the researchers strapped heart monitors to their chests and compared blood samples and muscle tissue before and after matches and jogging sessions.

The researchers selected men with similar health profiles aged 31 to 33 and split them into groups of soccer players, joggers, and couch potatoes who not surprisingly ended the three-month study in the worst shape.

Each period of exercise lasted about one hour and took place three times a week. After 12 weeks, researchers found that the body fat percentage in the soccer players dropped by 3.7 percent, compared to about 2 percent for the joggers.

The soccer players also increased their muscle mass by almost 4.5 pounds, whereas the joggers didn't have any significant change. Those who did no exercise registered little change in body fat and muscle mass.

"Even though the football (soccer) players were untrained, there were periods in the game that were so intense that their cardiovascular was maximally taxed, just like professional football (soccer) players," said Dr. Peter Krustrup, head of Copenhagen University's department of exercise and sport sciences, who led the study.

The soccer players and the joggers had the same average heart rate, but the soccer players got a better workout because of intense bursts of activity. Krustrup and his colleagues found there were periods during soccer matches when the players' hearts were pumping at 90 percent their full capacity. But the joggers' hearts were never pushed as hard.

Unlike the soccer players, the joggers consistently thought their runs were exhausting.

"The soccer players were having more fun, so they were more focused on scoring goals and helping the team, rather than the feeling of strain and muscle pain," Krustrup said.
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Re: Football beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007, 01:04:23 PM »
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Re: Football beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007, 01:13:04 PM »
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Re: Football beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007, 02:38:07 PM »
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Re: Football beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007, 04:04:31 PM »
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actually i prefer my women luke warm :whistling: :liar:

I say is body heat they talkin about. Steups. Just a round about way of saying the obvious: Women drive sexual selection

Anyway lateral and backward motion burns more calories than forward motion. And you could flex muscles over a greater range in football than jogging etc. etc.
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Re: Football beats jogging for fitness, study suggests
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2007, 08:50:15 PM »
dey lie dat report is damn nonsense....how could football burn off calories when de only reason men playin is to drink afterwards????????? :-\

 

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