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Fitness

Pedal POWER

Fitness, finances and above all, beating the rush-hour blues the benefits of commuter cycling just keep on coming WORDS Ry Morgan

Want to live two years longer? How about reducing your risk of heart disease by up to 50% or improving your productivity, mental wellbeing and saving a few quid on the side? Fret not, we’re not selling acai berries or the latest diet craze – we’re talking bicycles. With summer around the corner and the London 2012 Olympics in sight, there hasn’t been a better time to jump on two wheels – and the benefits of doing so might surprise you. Let’s start with your health. Cycling to and from work each morning gives you a cardiovascular workout without the whiff of a treadmill, cost of a gym membership, or faintest jingle of a Zumba track. It’s said that regular cyclists are as fit as an average person 10 years younger. One study

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found that cycling for an additional 30 minutes on most weekdays, combined with reducing calorie intake, can achieve weight loss comparable to doing three aerobic classes a week – sans leotard, of course. You can forget those dreaded squats and leg-presses too, because your calves, thighs and buttocks will reach statuesque solidity as you chisel them mile-by-mile. The boons of a daily bike ride extend all the way to your brain, too. Biking has a huge effect on emotional health – improving wellbeing, self-confidence, productivity and tolerance to stress, while reducing tiredness, difficulties with sleep and a range of other medical symptoms. All of this from simply spending your commute in the fresh air and sunshine instead of 50ft underground, stuck in someone’s armpit.

Tech City Magazine  

Tech City Magazine is the first publication for the Tech City area of London. The magazine is a business / lifestyle publication promoting...

Tech City Magazine  

Tech City Magazine is the first publication for the Tech City area of London. The magazine is a business / lifestyle publication promoting...

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