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You don’t have to go out on the roads, Stationary Exercise Bikes work just as well!

More people are trading in four wheels for two on their commute to work in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people who rode a bike to work increased from 488,000 in 2000 to 786,000 between 2008 and 2012.

Riding a bike does more than just save money on gas. Whether you ride your bike for commuting purposes, leisure, or exercise, it has numerous health benefits. From strengthening your heart to adding muscle to your legs, here are six ways hopping on your two-wheeler can improve your health.

Aerobic exercise, like riding a bike, has a host of benefits for your heart. Regular exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Going for a bike ride gets your heart beating faster and makes it stronger. The best benefits come from a mixture of intensity, riding at moderate speeds (under 10 mph) and at a faster pace (more than 10 mph).

By AMY OSMOND COOK | Orange County Register
(Photo by Mark Rightmire,Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Short bouts of intense activity (high-intensity interval training; HIIT) may have more benefits than hours of lower exertion.

The expectation of constant availability due to our 21st-century, technology-driven lifestyles can be exhausting. Throw in laundry, shopping and social obligations, and finding the time to exercise can seem impossible.

In fact, the single most common excuse for not exercising regularly is a perceived lack of time, said Glenn Gaesser, professor of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions.

He and ASU Assistant Professor Siddhartha Angadi have been working together for over a decade to research the effects of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT—characterized by short bursts of intense activity—on various health outcomes.

Experts have long agreed that adults should aim for roughly 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. When the guidelines were first published in 2008, it was thought that in order to obtain meaningful health benefits, those 150 minutes had to be accrued in bouts of at least 30 minutes of activity at a time.

Credit: Arizona State University

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