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Adopting a healthy lifestyle

Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.
It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • Up to a 35 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Up to a 50 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Up to a 50 percent lower risk of colon cancer
  • Up to a 20 percent lower risk of breast cancer
  • A 30 percent lower risk of early death
  • Up to an 83 percent lower risk of osteoarthritis 
  • Up to a 68 percent lower risk of hip fracture
  • A 30 percent lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • Up to a 30 percent lower risk of dementia

Cycling is an ideal activity for most people as it is a low impact type of exercise with around 70% of body weight going through the saddle and handlebars which makes it easier on joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. Exercising outside has also been proven to help people’s mental health, such as depression. 

A study of over 30,000 people living in Copenhagen showed that people who did not cycle to work were 39% more likely to die during the 15 year study! So with over ** rides during the Cycling Festival, there’s something for all abilities and there really is no excuse not to get on your bike!

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