By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sometimes more is better. University of Vermont scientists have a great study on the subject – at least when it comes to walking.

Daily long-distance walking results in twice as much weight loss as standard cardiac rehabilitation exercises that involve walking short distances at a brisk pace. The rehab patients in their group were followed for five months and the group walking 45 to 60 minutes a day had greater improvements in 10 risk factors including blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and cardiorespiratory fitness.

They all also lost 18 pounds compared to 8 pounds in the control group.

It really shows the importance of getting out there and walking. Personally, I think it is best to start slow and build but it can make a big difference.

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