You will probably get there faster if you ride a bike. Commuting by bike in some of our South African cities might seem suicidal but if traffic congestion increases at current rates, cycling is bound to grow in popularity.
Cycle away from the big C. There is plenty of evidence that any exercise is useful in warding off cancer and studies have shown that cycling is specifically good for keeping your cells in working order.
Sleep more deeply. An early morning ride might tire you out in the short term but it will also help you catch some quality shut eye when you get back to your pillow.
Look younger. Scientists have found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Don't forget to slap on the factor 30 before you head out (for South African cyclist)
Boost your bowels. The benefits of cycling extend deep into your core. Physical activity helps decrease the time it takes food to move through the large intestine preventing you from feeling bloated, aerobic exercise accelerates your breathing and heart rate, which helps to stimulate the contraction of intestinal muscles, this helps protect you againts bowel cancer.
Increase your brain power. It boost blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which fires and regenerates receptors.
Beat illness. Riding is the way to keep the doctor at bay. Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active.
Enjoy healthy family time. Cycling is an activity the whole family can do together.
Save the planet. It takes around five per cent of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike and a bike produces zero pollution.
Heal your heart. Regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by 50%, according to the Heart Foundation.
Be happy. Any mild to moderate exercise releases natural feel good endorphins that help counter stress and make you happy.
Make friends and stay healthy.
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