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Riding a Bike for health and fitness

It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Riding a bike is:

  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.

  • A good muscle workout – riding a bike uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.

  • Easy – unlike some other sports, biking does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.

  • Good for strength and stamina – biking increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.

  • As intense as you want – biking can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.

  • Fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.

  • Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, biking replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.

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