Biking: It’s Good for the Heart

November 21, 2016 in STSMPT


Two recent studies link people who regularly bike to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. These studies specifically looked at those who rode bikes for recreational purposes or as a means to commute to work.


The first study included nearly 54,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 65. Researchers tracked the overall exercise habits, activity levels, and frequency of bicycle riding, along with heart disease factors such as age, weight, diet, blood pressure, smoking, and alcohol consumption of the participants. The bikers were found to have a 26% lower risk of developing coronary artery disease compared to non-bikers. In addition, bike riders had fewer heart attacks during the 20-year follow-up period.


The second study analyzed data from nearly 24,000 middle-aged participants who regularly biked to work. Bikers were 13% less likely to develop high blood pressure, 15% less likely to have high cholesterol, 12% less likely to have pre-diabetes or diabetes, and 15% less likely to be obese. All of these are key risk factors that lead to more serious cardiovascular problems and diseases.


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  1. Blond K, Jensen M, Rasmussen M, et al. Prospective Study of Bicycling and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Danish Men and Women. Circulation, 2016; 134: 1409-1411.
  2. Grøntved A, Koivula R, Johansson I, et al. Bicycling to Work and Primordial Prevention of Cardiovascular Risk: A Cohort Study Among Swedish Men and Women. Journal of the American Heart Association, 2016; 5:e004413.
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