Exercise Medicine Study for 'Destination Exercise'

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 3:45pm

About the Event

Walking and biking may solve two societal problems:

  1. childhood and adult obesity trends
  2. fossil fuel costs, supply, and efficiency

One solution for obesity is to increase daily exercise patterns. By looking closely at daily destinations, it is often possible to include in the exercise prescription a daily walk or bike ride. If this walk or bike ride complements daily destinations, there is a 67.2% adherence rate. When the walking and biking routes are efficient, safe, fun, and easily accessible, the adherence is 81.4%. This suggests that our transportation systems can be enhanced by providing more effective walking and biking options. Doing so could have positive effects on obesity trends and energy use. 


Dr. Dan Halvorsen, Physiologist, University of Minnesota Medical School and ExMed Clinic