Just five minutes of riding a bicycle each day can help a younger woman keep the pounds off, US researchers reported in a study offering one potentially easy way to help people slim down.
"Small daily increments in bicycling helped women control their weight. But the more time women spent bicycling, the better," said Rania Mekary, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, 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."
Mekary and colleagues 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.