January 18, 2008, Newsletter Issue #309: Cycle to Work

Tip of the Week

It's not just $3.00 a gallon at the pump that makes biking to work attractive.

Try riding a bike to work to improve your health and fitness. It worked for a group of fitness study participants in the Netherlands, after 6 months of commuter cycling. Traveling an average distance of 8.5 km (5-1/4 miles), more than 3 times a week was sufficient for improvement, and 3 km (about 2 mi.) was enough for improvement with those of low initial fitness. (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Feb. 2000).

If commuter cycling isnīt practical for you, and you enjoy the sport, do a fitness program that includes some bike riding on the weekend or before or after work, along with your other workouts.

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