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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

 

Everybody Walk!

Here at Cycling CME, we obviously love cycling.  However, we believe in the overall importance of exercise in general – just moving.  As an example, both personally and professionally we believe in the importance of walking. Living in Western Colorado, and near the Colorado National Monument, there are many great hikes and walks close to home. Almost every day, even if we have been on our bikes, we get a walk in - no matter the weather.

Exercise or increasing activity is essential to our personal health and extremely important to our health care system. Exercise is medicine, whether your choice is walking, biking, gardening, or many other forms of activity. As we know from multiple medical studies, exercise is an essential component of treatment in  many chronic medical problems.

Everyone interested in health, exercise, and walking should check out the Everybodywalk.org website. The site has great educational tools on promoting walking. Our friend and colleague, Dr. Bob Sallis, who is their physician spokesman, walks and speaks all over the world promoting the importance of exercise, specifically walking, as medicine. We were privileged to have Dr. Sallis speak at our 2016 Road Bike Western Colorado  Cycling CME  conference, where his lecture was well-received. 

Check out Dr. Sallis' hike on the Colorado National Monument with Everybodywalk.org