Cycling Helps You Live Longer, Say Researchers

Cycling Helps You Live Longer, Say Researchers

It will come as no surprise that being more physically active has health benefits when compared with a more sedentary lifestyle. Experts have found that cyclists are more likely to live longer.

You could say that for every hour you cycle; you get an hour back in return. So it adds to your life actually.

Research from the University of Glasgow has found that compared to “a non-active commute,” riding a bike to work was associated with a 45 percent lower risk of cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease.

Over the five-year period, new cases of heart attacks, cancer and deaths were analyzed and then “related to their mode of commuting.” The results proved to be of great interest.

“Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes,” Jason Gill, from the university’s Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, said in a statement.

Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales, from the University of Glasgow, said: “Walking to work was associated with lower risk of heart disease, but unlike cycling was not associated with a significantly lower risk of cancer or overall death.”

“This may be because walkers commuted shorter distances than cyclists, typically six miles per week, compared with 30 miles per week, and walking is generally a lower intensity of exercise than cycling.”

The study also found some health benefits if people cycled part of their journey and took public transport or drove the rest of the way.

However, the researchers conclude that “the findings, if causal, suggest population health may be improved by policies that increase active commuting, particularly cycling, such as the creation of cycle lanes, cycle hire or purchase schemes and better provision for cycles on public transport.”

The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)

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