Omaha, NE (February 9, 2015) - When travel physical therapy specialists mention cardio workouts to their patients, the first thing that might come to mind is aerobic exercise. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, discusses how going for a jog or biking around town can also count as a strength-training workout.
For those patients who avoid cardio because they think it may prohibit muscle gains, tell them to think again.
Aerobic training such as running, walking, and cycling can actually increase leg muscle mass.
An Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews study showed that both younger and older men who completed about 45 minutes of cardio four days a week at 80 percent of their maximum heart rate increased their leg muscle size by 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
Although the muscle-building effects from aerobics are often overlooked, they make perfect sense when you stop to think about it. Running demands a lower-body workout second to none. In the running motion, as the leg moves forward, the quadricep muscles are put to work, stabilizing the knee and helping to absorb the shock of impact as you land. When the body launches forward, the action switches to the hamstrings.
Meanwhile, the soleus and gastrocnemius extend and flex each foot as it lands and pushes off. These calf muscles are what give the stride its spring. The gluteal muscles from the buttocks help extend the hip. As those on travel PT jobs might know, strong glutes contribute to good running form and alignment.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.