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Cycling and Your Health
Benefits of Exercise

The miracle cure of exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Exercise & Mental Health

Exercise is beneficial for mental health. It has direct biological effects on the brain. It improves self-esteem and better physical health. Being in the fresh air and close to nature, especially in green space, improves resilience.

Activity guidelines adults age 19 to 64

Adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Exercise just once or twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.

Activity guidelines older adults over 65

Speak to a GP first if you have not exercised for some time, or if you have medical conditions or concerns. Make sure your activity and its intensity are appropriate for your fitness.

Mental Health & Cycling - Documentaries

23-minute documentary from GCN. Mental health is now a more widely discussed topic than ever, with the pressures of modern life and stress affecting many of us at some point. Ground-breaking new research shows that cycling can be hugely beneficial for improving mental health, but how? Si speaks to the experts to find out.

 

With thanks to NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.

This 30-minute documentary focuses on how cycling & hand cycling can benefit Men's Mental Health. Featuring men of varying ages that have experienced adversity, they talk openly about the difficulties that they have faced and how cycling has made a difference.

Struggling to lose weight through cycling?

15 minute video.

 

Weight, and weight loss is a delicate subject in cycling, but it's an essential factor in sporting performance. Sometimes no matter how much exercise and bike riding you do, it can feel like you're just not losing any weight....

How safe is your heart for cycling?

19 minute video.

 

Heart rate monitors are a common training tool in cycling, but heart health is rarely discussed. Do we take our hearts for granted as cyclist's? Si investigates the different factors that sport plays in heart health and the inherent risks that genetics and age can play in cycling's relationship to heart health.

How cycling is saving the world from itself

17 minute video.

 

Tony Desnick, Director for Development and New Projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, makes the case that bikes are saving the world from itself. Bicycles really do change you and, in amazing ways, change the community around you.

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Cycling and Your Health
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise & Mental Health
Activity guidelines adults age 19 to 64
Activity guidelines older adults over 65
Mental Health & Cycling - Documentaries Struggling to lose weight through cycling? How safe is your heart for cycling? How cycling is saving the world from itself