Health Desk—November 04, 2017: A person can lose his weight just as effectively and fast as he might at a fitness centre, by biking to work, say researchers.
The findings showed that “active commuting” using a bike are a good alternative to gym exercise in the fight against overweight and obesity.
The people who cycled to work were as physically active and burned the same amount of calories a week as those who indulged in high and moderate intensity of physical exercise in the gym.
“This is good news to the many overweight people who may not have the time or inclination to join a fitness centre, because they also have to pick up their children and cook dinner after work,” said Bente Stallknecht, Professor and Head of Department at the University of Copenhagen.
For the study, the team divided 130 participants randomly into four groups: a cycling group, two leisure time exercise groups doing high-intensity and moderate-intensity physical exercise, respectively, and a control group.
The findings were published in the International Journal of Obesity..