Obesity in England is responsible for 9,000 premature deaths annually. ‘Be Active be Healthy’ is an NHS strategy to get people moving. The NHS has said that 30 minutes of cycling a day can reduce the onset of Type 2 Diabetes by 50% and premature death by 20%. Surveys show that 40% of the population do not meet this modest level of physical activity.
Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. That means it saves you money, gets you fit and contributes to a cleaner environment.
It’s a low-impact type of exercise, so it’s easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. But it still helps you get into shape.
For example, someone who weighs 80kg (12.6 stones) will burn more than 650 calories with an hour’s riding, and tone their legs and bottom. If you ride up hills or off-road, you’ll also work your upper body. What could be easier – or more fun?