In a new study, researchers found that people who exercise via walking at their own pace burn fat most efficiently.
The research was conducted by a team at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
In the study, the team did their study in humans to determine the best method to oxidize fat.
They found self-chosen walking paces provide the greatest contribution of lipid (fat)-to-energy production per distance covered compared to imposed walking paces.
The scientists say they conducted this study because exercise prescription does not appeal to people as it constrains them into a strict schedule and doesn’t offer tangible benefits right away.
The findings show that in order to optimize fat oxidation as a source of energy, it does not require a complex and constraining exercise training program.
The data bolster the premise that walking daily at a self-chosen pace should, over the long term, lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more.
More than 145 million adults in the U.S. include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One author of the study is Fabien Basset, Ph.D.
The study was presented at the American Physiological Society (APS) Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference.
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