Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham together with Women's Hospital in Boston studied 18,414 young women, who took part in the long-term research of women's health over time.
The study found that women gained around 20 pounds over the 16 years on average. Those women, who started using a bicycle 6 years after the study began, were 25 percent less likely to gain weight. That was true even if they spent only five minutes each day riding a bicycle.
Obese and overweight women benefited the most from riding a bicycle. Overweight women, who rode a bicycle for two or three hours per week, were around 56 percent less likely to gain weight.
However, the consistency is a key to keeping your weight within normal range. Women, who started riding a bicycle but discontinued this practice over time, were more likely to put on weight. Rania Mekary, the leading author of the study said that the more time women spent bicycling, the better were the results.
Bicycling can easily become a part of your lifestyle and help you lose weight or keep it under control. All you have to do is to use bicycle instead of a car, for example, to travel to the work or school. This type of exercising is unconscious as you do not think about exercising itself, but more about your destination.