Biking is swiftly becoming one of the top ways for people to commute, run errands, or just have fun. As more cities become bike friendly, and more health initiatives encourage biking, it’s no wonder that this hobby is having a huge positive impact on our heath, and our wallets. www.onlinematersinpublic...
health.com has created an infographic in response to this trend, entitled “Pedal Power”, detailing the benefits of biking on overall physical health, and the health of your community!
Biking has increased dramatically in popularity over the past decade. From 1999 to 2009, there was a 64% increase in bike commuters. A whopping 54% of all bike trips were solely for transportation. With such a huge increase in demand for bike-friendly areas, 47% of Americans are volleying for more bicycle friendly areas in their communities. These communities are responding by creating bike-sharing programs. New York City, New York, has a bike program with 7,000 bicycles and 420 stations. Chicago, Illinois, created a bike sharing program with 3,000 bikes and 300 stations, and Washington DC adopted a program that shares 3,700 bikes and 330 stations.
The health benefits of biking are clear. 82% of bikers believe that after using their bicycle to commute, they’ve seen a positive impact on their health. Women who bike 30 minutes a day see decreased chances of breast cancer, and in young people that bike regularly, 48% will have less trouble with weight problems as they age. But everyone can benefit from more exercise:
• More than 1/3 of U.S. adults are considered obese.
• 18% of children ages 6-11 are obese.
• Less than 1/3 of Americans are getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, the CDC’s recommended minimum.
• For each hour per day someone spends driving, there is a 6% increase in the chance of obesity.
• Excess body weight is possibly responsible for more than 100,000 new cancer diagnoses in the U.S. each year.
• Exercising regularly helps stave off depression and raises self-esteem.
Biking is also money well spent. For every dollar spent biking, you reap 11.80 in benefits. So what are you waiting for? Take some time today to get active!
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