A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, has revealed that cycling is one of the best forms of exercise for keeping trim.
The researchers studied 72,999 men and 83,667 women, aged between 40 and 60. Comparing their daily modes of transport revealed that cycling was one of the most effective forms of exercise for losing weight.
The study found that the most common means of commuting was the car or public transport, used by 64% of men and 61% of women. Active modes of transport such as walking and cycling were used by 23% of men and 24% of women.
Overall, those who didn’t commute to work by car or public transport had lower levels of body fat. Plus, active commuters getting to work by bike had lower BMIs (Body Mass Index) than those who walked to work.
Commuters who favoured cycling had the lowest BMIs. For the average man in the sample (age 53 years, height 176.7cm, weight 85.9kg), cycling to work was associated with a weight difference of 5kg compared with driving or taking public transport. The results revealed that BMI was 1.71kg/sq m lower among male cyclists and 1.65kg/sq m lower among female cyclists, compared with commuters using “passive” modes of transport.
Similar results were seen with body fat measurements, which were 2.75% lower for male cyclists and 3.26% lower for female cyclists.
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