A five year study of 250,000 commuters found that cycling to work reduced incidences of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46% compared with those driving or taking public transport. The cyclists clocked an average of 30 miles per week. The team at the University of Glasgow said cycling took no willpower as it became part of the commute unlike going to the gym.
Clare Hyde from Cancer Research UK said: “This study helps to highlight the potential benefits of building activity into your everyday life.
“You don’t need to join a gym or run the marathon.
“Anything that gets you a bit hot and out of breath – whether it’s cycling all or part way to work – can help make a difference.”