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Cycling and Well-Being

Well-Being and the Connection to Cycling

As proponents of cycling, we believe in the benefit of riding your bike for our health, the community’s health and our environment.  Supporting this, a recent study from Yale showed a strong connection between well-being and the percentage of residents who were able to commute to work by bicycle.  Residents who lived in towns and cities where they could commute by bike reported increased feelings of satisfaction and fulfillment. Other studies have shown that in addition to improving well-being, commuting to work on your bike decreases the risk of developing and dying from cancer or heart disease.

Roy et al, in the recent study from Yale, felt that areas with bike-friendly infrastructure support other policies to improve living in that area, further promoting healthy living. In addition, because cycling improves physical health, this promotes an increased sense of well-being. 

Again, increased physical activity improves our health and our general well-being.  We should remain proponents of safe walking and biking infrastructure in our communities as we support and encourage others to be physically active.

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References:

Roy, B., et al. Identifying county characteristics associated with resident well-being: A population based study. PLoS One 13(5), 2018

Celis-Morales Carlos A, Lyall Donald M, Welsh Paul, Anderson Jana, Steell Lewis, Guo Yibing et al. Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: prospective cohort study BMJ 2017; 357 :j1456

Again, Exercise is Medicine!

Cycling and Walking to Work Improves Your Health

As someone who believes in the importance of physical activity to our health, I am interested in new research on the benefits of exercise and moving.  I found a recent article from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, to be particularly interesting.  The researchers looked at over 250,000 women across the United Kingdom.  They evaluated activity levels/commuting and then followed their history over a median of 5 years. 

Their main findings were that cycling and walking commuting lowered CVD incidence and cancer outcomes in a dose dependent manner and independent of a range of confounding factors.  In addition, cycling was associated with lower risk of all-cause mortality.  The effect was higher in cycling with a 40% lower risk of premature death and was felt to be secondary to the higher cumulative amount of time during the activity with cycling.

This article has important public health and policy implications.  Infrastructure and policy changes by government to encourage more active commuting would have significant benefits in the health of the local community.

Let us continue to encourage the development of safe and sufficient areas for walking and biking in our communities.  Remember, Exercise is Medicine!

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Celis-Morales CA, Lyall DM, et al. Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: prospective cohort study. BMJ, 2017.

Recent article in our local paper, the Daily Sentinel HERE