Cycle to work to fight off Cancer and Heart Disease

Posted - April 20, 2017

If someone offered you a way to get fitter, save money, sleep better, be less stressed, help the environment AND reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease by almost 50%, in a way that can easily be incorporated into your everyday life, you'd probably think that it was far too good to be true!

Following an extensive 5-year study of over 250,000 UK commuters (with an average age of 53) published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), it was found that over the course of the research, people who regularly cycle to work cut their risk of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%. Indeed the risk of death from ANY cause was also reduced by 41%.

The study found that the more you cycle the greater the health benefits, which is no surprise. What was interesting is that once you build in 'active commuting' into your regular schedule it was found to take no willpower to do, unlike going to the gym that many see as an extra inclusion into their day and often gets put-off. So once you start cycling you can gradually increase the amount you cycle, as you feel comfortable to do so, in turn getting healthier with each mile covered!

The research highlighted that including any active travel in your day-to-day life will have associated health benefits, even splitting your commute between cycling and public transport as many people do.

These new findings are yet another added benefit to choosing to cycle to work. People that choose a pedal-powered commute already save money against vehicle, fuel and even gym costs, now they can also get on their bike to avoid serious long-term illnesses as well. 

NHS guidelines say that adults should be clocking up 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity (such as cycling) each week to stay healthy, so next time you're sat in a traffic jam trying to get to or from work, it may be worth considering if that time could be better spent.  

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