From the Harvard Press Release: The researchers found that among women who did not originally bicycle in 1989 but bicycled in 2005, even a small increase in bicycling time – as little as five minutes each day – helped to control weight. Among the walkers who had increased their daily activity by an average of 30 min/day over the years, only those who walked briskly (≥3 mph) were able to control their weight. Walking slowly (<3 mph) had no effect.My own experience has been that I've had to alter my exercise routine over the years to keep fit. In 1989 I was a bike commuter and just getting into distance riding. Then, somewhere along the way I started running more than biking. In my 30's I mixed it up a lot - running, yoga, kick boxing, etc. It wasn't until my late 30's that I got back on a bike after a many year absence. It's good to be back for sure. I don't enjoy running much anymore. I typically work in a weekend run or two but aside from that my main form of daily exercise is biking. I also do weights, core and abs workouts each night to keep toned. I definitely see and feel a difference as I ride into my 40's. I have to work a whole lot harder to keep fit than I had to even five years ago. If I wasn't active I would have to give up things like this.
And I don't want to give up things like this! How on earth would my colleagues bribe me if I gave up chocolate and cream cheese? (I'm trying to save it for after lunch but my finger keeps reaching over and trying to tidy up the edges.)