COVID-19 has changed the world; as social distancing measures force people to stay at home while non essential businesses were closed, our streets are empty and life is not as it was.
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One positive aspects of the crisis is the break it’s given our environment. Eco friendly spares you from traffic and can cut your risk of the virus.
Riding your bike to work. A new study found doing so may reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Cycling may aswell be part of the new social norm that we’re going through right now.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, compared the health of more than 250,000 UK commuters some active (people who walked or rode their bikes to their workplaces) and others stationary (those who took public transportation or drove). The researchers found that while walking had some benefits (mainly for those who logged more than six miles per week on foot), people who regularly biked to work decreased their risk of death by any cause by 41 percent and their chances of developing cancer and heart disease by 45 percent and 46 percent, respectively, according to the BBC.
You have to get to work and that takes “willpower out of the equation” for getting exercise.
While the study doesn’t prove causation between cycling and decreased risk of cancyer and heart disease, the results held true after researchers adjusted for things like weight and smoking, suggesting there’s a relationship between this type of movement and overall health benefits.
The next step
Making roads and workplaces more hospitable to biking. “What we really need to do is change our infrastructure to make it easier to cycle,”
If you live in a bike friendly area, tune up your wheels and literally get to work. Otherwise, consider making movement a bigger part of your commute.