Health experts recommend that we get about 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week to improve mental health, resistance to diseases, sleep patterns, and to help maintain a healthy weight. For many people that “150 minute” figure might look like a lot of time on top of an already-busy schedule.
Well, good news: you can get that 150 minutes (and maybe more!) in, and knock out your commute at the same time if you choose to bike to work.
A recent study showed that people who regularly commute by bike are four times more likely than other commuters to get that 150 minutes of exercise per week, and in some cities, were six times as likely to meet recommended activity guidelines.
“People are often put off by the thought of being active for 150 minutes a week,” said study lead Glenn Stewart. “But if this is made part of getting around, it almost becomes hard not to meet the guidelines.”
So grab that bike – you’ll be getting to work, getting your exercise, and helping reduce traffic and pollution in Austin!
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