Just five minutes of riding a bicycle each day can help a younger woman keep the pounds off, U.S. researchers have reported in a study offering one potentially easy way to help Americans slim down.
The heaviest women benefited the most, the team at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported. “Small daily increments in bicycling helped women control their weight. But the more time women spent bicycling, the better,” said Harvard’s Rania Mekary, who worked on the study.
“Women with excess weight appeared to benefit the most. This is encouraging for women with weight problems because they could substitute bicycling for slow walking or car driving.”
Research team studied 18,414 healthy women who had not yet gone through menopause taking part in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-based Nurses’ Health Study, an ongoing study of women’s health over time.