Cycling to Work is ‘Staggeringly’ Good For You

We all know cycling to work is the best way to get to and from work and it’s probably doing you some good. However a recent major study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the health benefits are staggering, slashing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

You can read an article here at The Conversation website and you the original research is here at the BMJ website.

Celebrate taking the healthy and fun commuting choice by joining in the Campus, and National, Cycle to Work Day next Wednesday (13th september) and encourage colleagues to try cycling to work.Don’t forget to pledge your ride at cycletowork.org with a chance to win prizes.

We also still need ride leaders for the escorted rides from Didcot, Wantage and Grove. Please if you can help out or would like to know more information about what being a ride leader entails contact harbug at web@harbug.org.uk. Thanks.

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  • #3460

    admin
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    A recent major study finds that the health benefits from Cycling to Work are staggering.

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  • #3461

    HueyS
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    Hmmm … I’ve read this piece and the associated BMJ report and, whilst the benefits may be “staggering” and show a correlation, the statistics and report fight shy of attributing causality to cycling.

    The cyclists that I know are already quite fit, watch what they eat, and don’t carry much, if any, excess weight. If survey samples were made up of similar people, then they are probably already leading a lifestyle that takes them out of high-risk groups for CVD, cancer etc. – regardless of their cycling to work.

    A correlation cross-mapping exercise might resolve the causality issue, but that’s for another study maybe…

  • #3462

    MTGibbo
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    HueyS – Good to have the analysis but let’s not lose site of the prize: we want to promote cycling and this helps to strengthen the argument!

    Causality is always hard to show in this type of study and to claim it would be wrong. However, that doesn’t mean that taking up cycling won’t improve peoples’ health. Also, while you may know a lot of health conscious cyclists, there are a lot who aren’t!

    As for the next study – I am sure the authors will be preparing the proposal as we type…

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