The findings were particularly pronounced among women, people over the age of 50, and people with low incomes, according to the release. However, this is not to say you should just go for a stroll in the park if you're trying to shed a few pounds.
"It is slightly false to say walking is as good as going to the gym," Mike Loosemore, a Lead Consultant Sports Physician for The Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Health, told the Independent. "It is brisk and fast walking which is as good as the gym, it doesn’t mean a meandering walk through the countryside looking at flowers. A very brisk walk means almost short of breath.”
So, while you'll have to walk so fast that you're nearly running, it still beats forcing yourself to overcome the colossal lack of motivation and hulking mountain of laziness standing between you and the gym.
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