Even five minutes a day brings results, study finds. Riding a bike is as effective as walking briskly at helping premenopausal women keep from gaining more weight, a new study reveals.
Biking is particularly helpful at keeping pounds off such women who are overweight or obese, said study lead author Anne C. Lusk, a research fellow in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
“Women of normal body weight can certainly benefit from biking,” she noted. “But specifically for overweight and obese premenopausal women, bicycling just two to three hours per week makes them 46 percent less likely to gain more than 5 percent of their initial body weight over the long run.”
Researchers also found that slow walking — walking less than three miles an hour — does not help control weight.