Health Benefits

No matter what your experience with cycling is, riding a bike can be a great way to get healthy exercise.

The issue of physical activity has never been more important than now. An alarming number of Americans are becoming more sedentary and obese and, consequently, are putting their lives at risk, reports the Center for Disease Control. Even small increases in light to moderate activity will produce measurable benefits among those who are least active. Engaging in light to moderate physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and other chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Physical activity can also improve mental health and even lower health care costs.

Older adults can also benefit from bicycling. Regular exercise provides myriad health benefits for senior adults including a stronger heart, a positive mental outlook, and an increased chance of remaining indefinitely independent-a benefit that will become increasingly important as our population ages in the coming years.

Health and Fitness Research Links

Health Statistics

  • Data from Healthy People 2010—This site tracks the success of the Healthy People 2010 objectives developed to improve the health of Americans by the year 2010, including the 10 leading health indicators, and major data sources: DATA2010 from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data are updated quarterly.
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online—This site contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Visitors can compare data for all the states on topics including health status (look here for statistics on obesity), health costs, women's health, minority health, and more.

One way to integrate healthy exercise into your daily routine is to bike to work. The Bike to Work site is a helpful resource for planning a bike to work event, while also providing information to novice and advanced riders