According to a new study, biking may be your figure's best friend ... especially as you age.
In looking at more than 18,000 women, researchers found that women who biked as little as five minutes a day gained less weight than women that didn't.
"Bicycling is an answer to weight control," says the lead author of the study, Dr. Anne Lusk, PhD, a research fellow in nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "Walking is not necessarily an answer, unless the person is walking briskly."
The study also found the more time women spent biking, the less they gained; and the heavier the woman, the more the impact biking had on their weight.
"A lot of information on physical activity provided to women is very general, encouraging daily activity, but not specifically what kind," Keri Gans, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, told CNN. "This study encourages an activity that is not expensive and that almost all women can easily engage in. And if a woman is presently a walker, it's good to know that she must pick up her pace."
Have you started dusting off your bike yet?
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