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Cycling commutes ‘just as beneficial as dedicated exercise sessions’

2nd November 2017

Cycling to and from work can be just as effective a way of losing weight as specifically setting aside leisure time for dedicated exercise sessions.

This is according to a new report from the University of Copenhagen, which carried out a study of 130 overweight people, some of whom were asked to cycle to and from work, while others attended a fitness centre.

It was shown that the group that cycled burned the same amount of calories a week during the commute as those that were physically active during their leisure time, with only the intensity and form of exercise varying.

After six months, fat mass was reduced by 4.5 kg in the group doing high-intensity leisure-time exercise compared to those that were not exercising, compared to 4.2 kg among those cycling to work and 2.6 kg in the group doing moderate-intensity leisure-time exercise.

Bente Stallknecht, a professor and head of the department of biomedical sciences at the University of Copenhagen, said: "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."

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