The way to better health is as easy as riding a bike

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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