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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Investigating 2 Separate Fatal Hit-And-Runs: 'It Can Get Pretty Chaotic Around Here'
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.READ MORE: Temple University Students, Faculty Have Mixed Feelings About Returning To In-Person Learning
They all also lost 18 pounds compared to 8 pounds in the control group.MORE NEWS: Teenage Boy Shot 7 Times In West Philadelphia, Police Say
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.