Once again research shows that physical activity such as bike commuting lowers the risk of illness and death. A separate report reveals that daily egg consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Bike Commuting Lowers Risk of Death
Research published in ‘Heart’ journal says avoiding car travel could significantly lower risk of illness and death. The report highlights that more physically active travel such as bike commuting reduces the risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke by 30%. Further findings show that more active commutes are associated with an 8% lower risk of all-cause mortality. The authors conclude that the number of people in sedentary occupations is increasing, therefore an active journey to work – such as walking or bike commuting – can be a way to integrate exercise into daily life.
Another report, in ‘Gut’ journal, reveals a link between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Parkinson’s which may allow doctors to slow down the neurological condition. The research found that patients with IBD have a 22% higher risk of Parkinson’s compared with non-IBD individuals * Study in ‘Heart’ journal reveals that daily egg consumption can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Eric Craig, CEO of free2cycle, commented on these findings:
“This new research reinforces the message yet again that encouraging regular activity that gets your cardiovascular system fired up is good for you. The findings, if acted upon have the potential to improve the quality of life for many, so why don’t we do something about it?
It’s time to face facts what we’ve been doing to date isn’t working well enough, we need to re-write the rulebook, and make wellbeing rewarding. Everyone involved needs to feel like they’re winning.
Research has proven that active people are healthier, happier and more productive so the sooner we look at health and wellbeing more holistically, the better. This responsibility does not just lie with government either, we all need to play our part. This includes employers, as research has proven that healthy employees are more productive, creative and loyal to businesses. It’s time to engage employees in physical activity and encourage the uptake of exercise.
It’s radical, but how about giving people a bike of their choice which they earn by riding it as we do at free2cycle? Research has indicated cycling as the most effective way to get the exercise you need and integrate it into your daily routine by swapping sedentary journeys for active ones with bike commuting. By incentivising exercise and rewarding people who chose a healthy lifestyle, you can bring about real behaviour change – using bike commuting to get people more active, more often, which benefits the individual and businesses and also the environment, by delivering against CSR commitments such as a reduced carbon footprint.”
We reported previously on the Free2cycle innovative way of promoting bike ownership and in particular their active use in bike commuting.