LONGER LIFE IN THE CY­CLE LANE

Bik­ing is prov­ing the fastest route to a megawatt health boost. Sad­dle up to race past heart disease and can­cer be­fore you hit your desk

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

Com­mutes, we all agree, are a drag. But when de­bat­ing car, bus or bike, don’t let the ease of four wheels de­ter you from seiz­ing a po­tent pre-work health kick. New stud­ies show that mak­ing your way by bike of­fers a unique chance to out­pace man’s big­gest killers on a ge­netic level.

Cy­cling to work each day not only cuts your risk of heart disease by 46% but, ac­cord­ing to Glas­gow Univer­sity, you’ll also be 45% bet­ter pro­tected against can­cer. In fact, your risk of pre­ma­turely dy­ing from any cause is 41% lower than for other com­muters. Even those who walk to work are slower on the up­take. Ac­cord­ing to the study, pedes­tri­ans get a 27% re­duc­tion in heart disease but no change in their chances of de­vel­op­ing can­cer. Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia sug­gest the an­swer lies in your genes. Men who take vig­or­ous ex­er­cise such as cy­cling for more than three hours a week see a re­duc­tion in genes that limit tu­mour growth. A 20-minute cy­cle com­mute, there and back, five times a week equates to 200 min­utes, cruis­ing past the three-hour mark re­quired to reach med­i­cal mir­a­cle sta­tus. All in all, we think it’s a drug worth pedalling.

BOOST YOUR LIFE CY­CLE BY TAK­ING YOUR DAILY COM­MUTE UP A GEAR

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