Exercise is important for heart health, but it can be difficult to squeeze exercise time into our daily routine. One simple way to make sure you get your heart rate up is to ride your bike instead of using a car or public transportation. In fact, biking from place to place as part of your daily routine may decrease your risk of heart disease.
This is the conclusion of two longitudinal studies that followed 65,000 participants for ten to twenty years. A Danish study published in the journal Circulation found that people who bike on a regular basis had between 11 and 18% fewer heart attacks over a 20 year period. This study found that biking as little as thirty minutes per week protected people from coronary artery disease. Compared to non-bikers, people who started biking during the first 5 years of the study had a 25% lower risk of developing heart disease over the length of the study. Read more