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February 2003 Issue

Walking Fights Fat Even If Few Pounds Shed

Exercise—even without much weight loss—does a body wonders. That’s the conclusion of the Physical Activity for Total Health Study of 168 overweight postmenopausal women. Participants who followed a moderate-intensity exercise program of brisk walking, treadmill and stationary bicycle for 12 months lost an average of three pounds compared to a slight weight gain in the control group, which engaged in weekly stretching sessions only. Neither group made diet changes. In addition, the exercise

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