A new study by the American Heart Association (AHA) has found that people who walk are healthier than those who ride their bikes.
The study, conducted by a team of AHA scientists, was released on Tuesday, and it is the first to quantify the health benefits of a bike, walking or running.
The AHA found that the average American woman walks at least 2.7 miles per week, compared with 5.1 miles for men.
The average woman walks about 1.7 mile per week and about 1 mile per day, according to the study.
The study found that women who walked at least 20 minutes a day for a year gained an average of 1.5 pounds (0.6 kilograms) and lost about 20 percent of their body fat.
Women who walked 10 minutes a week gained about 6 pounds (2.2 kilograms) more than those whose exercise had been limited to 5 minutes a month, according the study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The health benefits are especially important because the AHA noted that the risk of death due to heart disease is higher for people who exercise and walk than for those who do not.
The American Heart Assn.
says that most Americans walk at least 5 miles a week and walk an average distance of 30 miles (48 kilometers).
About 80 percent of adults in the U.S. do at least one hour of moderate-intensity exercise a week, and more than 80 percent walk at work or in the community.
People who are active can also lower their risk of heart disease by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
People can also benefit from physical activity by following the ACHA guidelines and eating healthy food, the AMA said.
The U.N. Children’s Fund is supporting the study by providing $2 million to the ACHA for the study and for research into how people who do moderate exercise and a healthy diet can help their health.