Chewing Gum While Walking Boosts Effects of Exercise

      June 01, 2018 12:16

      Walking and chewing gum at the same time is not only the hallmark of a capable person but also maximizes the effects of physical exercise, a study suggests.

      Researchers at Waseda University in Japan studied 46 adults between the ages of 21 to 60 to observe the effects of chewing gum and walking simultaneously.

      Researchers made the subjects walk at a leisurely pace for 15 minutes. One group were chewing gum and the other ate a powdered concoction made of the same ingredients. Those who chewed gum displayed a higher heart rate.

      For men, chewing gum made them walk faster, especially those aged 40 to 69, resulting in two more calories being burned off per minute. "Chewing gum seems to speed up physiological functions, so it can maximize the effects of walking," one of the researchers said.

      Kwon Kil-young, a doctor at Eulji University Hospital, said, "There have been several studies on the relationship between gum and physiological reactions. Chewing gum makes people move their jaw and stimulates the brain, so that appears to help increase the effects of exercise."

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