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Health Benefits of Cycling

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Cycling is a great way to get the recommended amount of physical activity; 60 minutes per day for children ages five to 18 and 150 minutes per week for adults, according to Canadian Guidelines.

Cycling is a great way to be active and can help lower your risk of:

  • Cardiovascular (heart) disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Bone and joint disease
  • Depression

Active forms of transportation such as cycling can help people to:

  • Improve their cardiovascular and respiratory health.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthier weight.
  • Cope with stress and anxiety; have better mental health.
  • Improve sleep, learning, concentration and memory.
  • Build self-confidence.
  • Form supportive relationships.

Other benefits of cycling as active transportation include reduced:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions to lower the burden of respiratory diseases.
  • Energy consumption.
  • Traffic noise.
  • National health care costs from physical inactivity.

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