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Health Benefits of Biking

Health Benefits of Biking ? 'Whether you 're recovering from an injury, looking for a cross-training option or hoping to preserve your knees to run the New York Marathon when you are 85, cycling gets your legs moving and your heart pumping without pounding your joints. -Andy Clarke, the President of the League of American Bicyclists.

Other health benefits of biking include:
  • May reduce heart disease risk British Medical Association found that regular cycling (at least 20 miles per week) significantly lowers likeliness to develop heart disease and enhances cardiovascular function by 3 7 percent.
  • Weight loss and/or weight maintenance cycling builds lean muscle tissue which in turn increases your body 's fat burning abilities and short sprints also boost your metabolism. Even biking at a relaxed pace (<10 mph) burns more calories than an easy walk 281 calories versus 176 calories per hour. Incorporate off road riding in your route and you up that calorie burn to as much as 600+ calories in one hour!
  • Lower breast cancer risk American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who walked or biked more than 30 minutes to work had a 34% reduced risk of breast cancer.
  • Improve mood and reduce stress New Economics Foundation released a conclusion that bike commuters reported lower stress levels than their coworkers who drove cars or used mass transit.
  • Prevent illness University of North Carolina researched people who biked 30 minutes, five days a week and found that the bikers take about half as many sick days as those who do not go for a quick, daily ride. The bikers in the study also experienced significantly fewer chronic health complaints.
Posted by vivadmin at 5/26/2014 3:17:00 AM
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