Cycling to Work Brings Big Health Benefits

Cycling to Work Halves Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

Cycling to Work Halves Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

Walking to work was associated with 27 per cent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 36 per cent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, but not cancer or premature death overall.

Jason Torrance, head of policy at the walking and cycling charity Sustrans said cycling to work is "a proven way for people to improve their health, to help their local economies and to improve their productivity at work".

Swapping the auto for the morning commute and going to work by bicycle cuts the risk of developing heart disease and cancer by nearly half, one of the largest projects of its kind suggests.

The five-year study conducted by the University of Glasgow found that bike commuters have a 46 per cent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, are 45 per cent less likely to find themselves suffering from cancer than workers who take the vehicle or the train to work instead, and also see a 41 per cent drop in early death from any cause across the board.

Experts behind the study said the lower benefits seen for walking compared to cycling could be down to several factors.

Scientists from Glasgow University's Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences studied the travelling habits of almost 300,000 middle-aged men and women, assessing their wellbeing for five years and recording any counts of cancer, heart disease or death.

Over the five year period, new cases of heart attacks, cancer and deaths were analysed and then "related to their mode of commuting".

People who combined cycling and public transport in their commute also showed health benefits.

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The study was published April 20 in the journal BMJ.

Such as the fact cyclists covered longer distances in their commutes than the walkers, cycling is a higher intensity exercise and cyclists were generally more fit.

'It is the biggest study into modes of commuting and their health effects than all the previous ones put together and shows conclusively that cycling to work reduces risk of cancer and heart disease'.

"It makes me feel good", he said.

Overall, 2,430 of those studied died, 3,748 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,110 had heart problems.

But adults who cycled for any distance to get to work were a lot less likely to suffer from heart disease, develop cancer and pass away within the next five years - over 40 per cent less likely to be exact.

These would create 'major opportunities for public health improvement, ' he added.

Clare Hyde, Cancer Research UK's health information officer, said: 'Physical activity helps to reduce the risk of cancer and, while the researchers are cautious about concluding too much about their results, this study helps to highlight the potential benefits of building activity into your everyday life.

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