Walking and Riding a Bike for 5 Minutes May Help You Maintain Your WeightPosted: Jul 27 in Getting Active by Wendy Scinta
As you age and your metabolism naturally slows down, you may need to find new ways to maintain your weight. New research suggests that may be as easy as going for a brisk walk or riding a bike.
Researchers at Harvard recently noted that women who bike just five minutes per day gained less weight than women who didn’t bike at all. Women who rode for as much as four hours per week were even more likely to maintain their weight. Researchers did note that while a brisk walk can be enough physical activity for weight maintenance, walking slowly would not be near as effective.
Researchers compared the obesity rates in the United States with those in the Netherlands, which reports an overall obesity rate of only about 8%. In the Netherlands, about 25% of people use a bike to commute to and from work or school, compared to only .05% of Americans who commute regularly by bicycle.
Biking and brisk walking can be an ideal way to stay in shape as you age because it has a less significant impact on your joins than other forms of exercise like running. It’s also relatively inexpensive compared to gym memberships or equipment, especially if you factor in the savings of using a bicycle or walking as your main mode of transportation!