It’s commonly withheld that daily exercise can have some excellent health benefits, and cycling is an excellent way to get that regular cardio activity without having to check in at the gym. It turns out, however, that cycling doesn’t just give you increased muscle tone and strength. By taking your bike to work every day or riding for approximately 30 miles per week can significantly impact the overall health.
Cancer and Heart Disease Rates Slashed Through Cycling
Riding a bicycle to work on a daily basis has a significant impact on cancer and heart disease rates. According to a recent study, people who ride their bikes to work or commit to cycling on a regular basis decrease their odds of heart disease and cancer by almost half–a substantial difference. The new study paper on the matter was published in the BMJ journal.
Getting solid exercise on a regular basis is always beneficial. Riding a bike, however, provides a great deal more protection than, for example, simply walking. Why? The study team believes that this has to do with the intensity and duration of the exercise.
Cyclists tend to commit to much longer distances (an average of thirty miles per week, as opposed to walkers, who committed to an average of just six miles). That time on a bike is also typically more intense than simply walking.
Encouraging commuting by exercising, instead of riding in cars or using public transportation, could have a significant impact on public health in general. Unfortunately, many cities simply aren’t laid out for it.
Appropriate public planning, including bike lanes, walking paths, and other conveniences that encourage rather than prohibit exercise, can increase public health in general. The more people are willing to commit, the better the results will be, according to the latest research results.
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