Health

Health Benefits of Biking

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Do you want to improve your health, all while feeling and looking better? One way of achieving this is by participating in fun activities such as biking on a regular basis.

Being active will help you prevent many unhealthy conditions and illnesses, including: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and overweight and obesity.

Additionally, physical activities like biking can help you: control weight, boost energy, reduce anxiety and stress, increase self-esteem, improve sleep, potentially lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, and strengthen bones, muscles, and joints.

bike2You do not need to be a champion cyclist to reap these benefits.  Participating in Bike Week is the perfect opportunity for anyone to take the first steps to being active.

To enjoy the full benefits of physical activity, the goal for adults should be to build up to any of the three activity options below:

  • Two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (for example, bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour)
  • One hour and fifteen minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (for example, bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster)
  • An equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity 

Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day to be healthy.

 

For more information on the health benefits of biking and living an active lifestyle, visit

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