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Regular cycling improves your health through:

Increased Fitness: Your strength, stamina, aerobic fitness and general muscle function are all improved, with little risk of over exertion or strain. Regular exercise also facilitates other healthy behaviour especially diet and giving up smoking.

Lowering Risk of Heart Attack: Your heart muscles are strengthened, resting pulse is lowered and blood fat levels reduced. People taking regular exercise suffer far less heart disease than people who don't. Cycling is one of the best ways of keeping fit.

Shedding Excess Weight: By burning body fat, and raising your metabolic rate you can lose weight. If you exercise regularly you can enjoy a more varied diet without increasing body weight. Cycling is also a more comfortable form of exercise for the overweight than many other activities.

Reducing Stress: Anxiety, stress and depression are all alleviated, partly due to the exercise itself, and also the sheer pleasure of riding a bike. Cycling is accessible, convenient for short journeys, and often faster across town than any other form of transport. It's an ideal means of exercising throughout life, because it can be adjusted to your individual level of fitness, and form part of your daily travelling routine.

Increased Life Expectancy: Even in Croydon’s hostile traffic environment, regular cycling is many times more likely to extend your life than shorten it. In fact, a bicycle user is seriously injured only once every 500,000 cycling kilometres - and a cycling death occurs only once every 17 million kilometres.

Cycling - good for you, good for Croydon

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