A new study has suggested that women going through middle age must consider five minutes of biking every day, in order to avoid weight gain.
The researchers studied as many as 18,000 premenopausal women, falling in the age group of 25 to 42 years, of nearly 16 years. It was found that over the study period, the women put on an average weight of 20.5 pounds.
They further observed the weight gain in women who continued biking was merely 1.5 pounds, throughout the duration of the study.
Also, women who maintained a routine of biking for over 30 minutes per day didn't gain any weight in those 16 years.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Anne Lusk, Ph. D., a researcher in nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, said that the best way of losing weight is biking.
"Walking is not necessarily an answer, unless the person is walking briskly", he added.
The research team observed that women, who took up 30 minutes of brisk walk every day, gained less than 4 pounds of weight, against those subjects who didn't increase the walk duration.
The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week.