Sunday, November 28, 2004

Studies: Walking matches success of gym workouts

If you want to get more exercise, just going for walks can be as beneficial as a gym membership. This was among the findings of two new studies presented this month at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. In one study, participants followed one of three exercise plans: 40-50 min. of structured activity four days a week in the gym, about the same amount at home or increasing their steps by 5,000 a day (the equivalent of about two miles - verified by a pedometer).

At the end of 20 weeks, participants in all three groups lost similar amounts, about 7 percent to 8 percent of their starting weight. At then end of 40 weeks, they were all down 8 to 9 percent.

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