Presentation on theme: "Health Benefits of Bike Riding Riding for Your Body & Mind."— Presentation transcript:
Health Benefits of Bike Riding Riding for Your Body & Mind
Health & Fitness Benefits “One reason for American’s sedentary lifestyle is that walking and cycling have been replaced by automobile travel for all but the shortest distances” --Journal of the American Medical Association, October 27, 1999
Benefits Overview Improved cardiovascular fitness More active lifestyle Clean air Ease of incorporating it into your life Stronger immune system Better sleep Increased joint movement and less pounding Stress reduction Reduced back pain Exposure to sunlight Sweating Weight loss and fitness Increased energy level
Health Benefit Improves Cardiovascular Fitness Strengthens the heart Increased circulation carries oxygen-rich blood to muscles Heavy breathing increases oxygen intake Reduces chance of heart disease Increases protection from high blood pressure and diabetes
Health Benefit Gives Body Fast & Energetic Workout Shaping, toning, firming of thighs, calf muscles and pelvis Fat replaced by muscle May reduce cellulite from thighs Less stress on knees & ankles than running and aerobic exercises
Health Benefit Stress Reduction from Moderate Exercise Enhanced self-esteem Relief from mild to moderate depression Increases mental health Decrease anxiety Fun exercise!
Rx: Physical Activity “Physical activity can play a key role in helping people feel better. It can improve mood and reduce anxiety.” --Louis Appleby, DOH “If we could package exercise up in a pill form it would be the single most widely prescribed medication in the world because it does so much for everybody.” --Dr. Miriam Nelson, Tufts University
More Benefits Exposure to Sunlight Vitamin D from 15 minutes/day may help prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis
Why Cycling? All exercise is beneficial but cycling is especially beneficial because it’s transportation and a work-out rolled into one!
Why Active Transportation? For your Body For your Body For your Community – Clean Air For your Community – Clean Air For your Pocketbook For your Pocketbook
Why Do Active Transportation? Walking and Biking Enhanced employee recruitment, retention and satisfaction Healthier employees = Increased productivity Reduced employee demand for parking Reduced health insurance rates and medical expenses Improved environmental quality Improved accessibility to worksite – less congestion Improved image for NOAA and community
Selected Resources Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/chap4.htm The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: www.bicyclinginfo.org/hf/ Healthy Transportation Network: www.healthytransportation.net Active Transport: www.activetransportation.org Commuter Page: www.commuterpage.com Commute By Bike: http://commutebybike.com/ Sacramento Transportation Management Association http://www.sacramento- tma.org/Bicycling.htm#Five_Keys_to_Commutinghttp://www.sacramento- tma.org/Bicycling.htm#Five_ Pennsylvania's Bicycle Driver's ManualPennsylvania's Bicycle Driver's Manual http://www.dot.state.pa.us/ Health Benefits of Bike Riding for your Body and Mind. eMedicine Health, WebMD, March 2008. National Safety Council. Fact Sheet Library 2001. League of American Bicyclists: bikeleague.org/programs/index.phpbikeleague.org/programs/index.php