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Cycling 'great for health'

Posted 23 August 2011
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Cycling 'great for health'
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Those who put on cycling gear and climb on a bike will enjoy major health benefits from doing so, an expert has said.

Director of cycling charity Life Cycle UK Poppy Brett said the activity is an ideal way of achieving the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise.

"Cycling exercises the large skeletal muscles, boosts lung capacity and helps with weight control. It can protect against non-insulin-dependent diabetes and greatly reduce the risk of heart disease," she noted.

Ms Brett also said riding a bike can help with mental health by reliving stress and sleeping disorders, while also offering an alternative means of commuting to and from work.

Such points may be noted by anyone thinking of buying cycling gear or road bikes to get fitter and save money travelling.

Women may be keen to ride to work after a study by the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield found they get more stressed by commuting than men.