Study du jour: Biking for as little as five minutes a day can help women minimize weight gain as they enter middle age, especially if they're overweight to begin with, a new study suggests.
I don't usually pay too much attention to studies. I mean, if you wait a few minutes another study will usually come along to contradict it. But my attention & respect are attracted by numbers.
This study followed more than 18,000 premenopausal women between the ages of 25 and 42 for 16 years. During that time, the women gained an average of about 20.5 pounds.
Women who started biking for just five minutes a day gained about 1.5 fewer pounds over the course of the study than similar women who didn't take up biking, the researchers found. Women who increased their daily biking by 30 minutes during the study kept even more weight off, gaining about 3.5 fewer pounds than those whose biking habits stayed the same.
Well, it's worth a try. The knees are still bothering me, whether sitting or standing. However, when I tried the exercise cycle at zero resistance, just going through the range of motion with no pressure at all, there was no pain at all. Very strange. If the pain isn't any worse tomorrow, then at least I'll know that I found a way to get the blood pumping without increasing the pain level.
Exercise du jour: 10 minutes on the exercise cycle
Done! The knees hurt /before/ I got on the cycle, and the knees hurt now that I've gotten off -- but the knees didn't have a problem with going through the motions of cycling. Weird, but what the hell. Maybe I should do more zero-resistance workouts. Whatever works.