Cycling to work is a great way, we all know that. In fact, CM’s plans to make cycling a regular practice in the new capital Amaravati is a great initiative. As per the experts and health researchers, the benefits that are derived from cycling are far more inn number than just combating pollution.
People from all walks of life should be encouraged to cycle more, as the health benefits that are derived from the activity overtake the negative effects from pollution.
A recent study by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Pollution, UK states that cycle reduces many risks associated with health and life expectancy.
A regular exercise, either in the form of cycling or walking keeps the lethargy at bay, encouraging the body to stay active despite the age factor. Cycling is great for the people of all groups, bringing in a healthy lifestyle like never before. Imagine this, you will burn more calories cycling than staying stranded inside your car in a long line of traffic emitting pollutants along the way.
Most people are not aware that cycling regularly cuts down the risk of major life threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and several cancers.
Plus, a latest study led by a team from the University of Cambridge used computer simulations has compared the risks and benefits of people walking and cycling across a range of pollution levels. The results are as interesting as they get.
This computer modelling test confirmed that only 1% of cities worldwide that were tested would have air pollution levels that made active travel more hazardous than beneficial.
The study confirms that even in places like Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world with pollution levels 10 times than that in London, people are required to cycle over 5 hours per week before the pollution risks outweigh the health benefits.
Source – WebMD UK