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Does aeorobic exercise build muscle?

I get on the treadmill, bike and I feel like I am building muscle. Is that true?


Our expert says...

Aerobic exercise will not build muscle although you may initially feel an increase in skin tone. If someone doesn't stretch and reset their muscle flexibility effectively, (via massage, foam rolling, yoga or Pilates) then they could perhaps feel that certain areas were 'getting bigger' but this would in fact be very subtle and be from a loss of flexibility due to the shortening and tightening of the muscles.

Initially after using a treadmill, bike or any other form of cardiovascular exercise, the blood flow can cause an increased size effect due to tissue swelling and blood vessel dilation in an attempt to lose heat. This again is a subtle change and is only a temporary and normal response to exercise.

I hope this helps!


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