Woman Locking BikeA first-of-its-kind study proves there is a positive link between cycling and health among women.
By Kyle Martin Jones
Cycling feels great, gets you places faster than walking and a recently published study has confirmed what most of us already know — it's good for you. In June, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study that followed more than 18,000 women for 16 years; some participants walked briskly, some walked slowly, some biked and some did other activities. Over the 16 years, participants who engaged in brisk walking or cycling for 30 minutes a day showed some weight loss, whereas the participants who walked slowly showed slight weight gain.
Perhaps more surprising than the results of the study is the knowledge that this study is the first to look at cycling and weight loss. While much research has been done around walking, biking has been overlooked for years. And while it may not be a surprise that exercising by way of cycling has a positive effect on health and weight loss, having the backing of research could encourage more people to get out on a bike.
Findings like the ones in this study are also important in getting the support of the medical community. The recommendation by a medical professional to try cycling as a way to prevent weight gain would be the push that many people need to give the activity a try.
This is great news for the biking community, but also for women looking for new ways to maintain or lose weight. At 30 minutes a day, there is no need to become a hardcore, marathon cyclist, and even jumping on the stationary bike at the gym would be beneficial. For women who already ride, keep at it and feel good knowing that you're keeping yourself healthy.