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The health benefits of cycling

Riding your bike 15 minutes each way to work or for a 30-minute leisurely ride after dinner adds up to the 150 minutes of recommended weekly physical activity for health benefits. Approximately150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (where you are breathing hard and starting to sweat) per week helps reduce your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Premature death
  • Certain types of cancer

Regular physical activity has been shown to:

  • Help maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Increase your quality of life, improve your mental health, and emotional control.
  • Be effective for treating mild to moderate depression.

Cycling allows you to enjoy the journey and not just the process of getting to your destination. Whether you cycle to work, errands or to school, it is great way to fit physical activity into a busy lifestyle. It may actually free up time in your day as you swap your inactive commuting time for active movement. Not only does cycling enhance your sense of well-being, it is also good for the environment. A 10-kilometre trip using an average car, SUV or light truck will produce about 2.8 kg of CO2 emissions. The same trip with a bicycle will emit zero emissions.

Wave: May / June 2013

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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