A recent study published in the journal of the American Heart Association showed a disturbing fact: just being active isn’t enough to curb off heart disease, and even cancer. That daily ride isn’t going to necessarily save your health, if, for the rest of the day you are about as active as your pet fern.
I like to think that most cyclists are a picture of the active lifestyle, however even I can be lazy to epic proportions, especially after a grueling endurance level ride. My daily work involves a lot of moving around and walking across campus (I’m a “career student” that counts, right?) but when school isn’t in session I realize that my MacBook Pro gets way more seat time than my saddle.
This may motivate those of us with sedentary desk jobs to take that lunch ride, or at least get up and do a few jumping jacks and situps every 30-45 minutes to keep the blood clots from forming. The article urges us to find simple ways to get excersize: park your car farther away from your destination and walk in, use the stairs. I’m a little dissapointed that bicycling as transportation wasn’t even mentioned as an afterthought, but that’s why we have this blog.
So, ride your bike to work, or to lunch, or do your job while riding on the trainer if you work from home (at least put on pants for Chrissakes. I had a friend that worked from home who considered sweatpants/boxers his “work attire”). The point is get out there and get blood pumping and keep it pumping. You won’t just live longer, you’ll enjoy those last years of life a lot more.