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Pedal Faster, Live Longer

Aerobic exercise offers a wide range of benefits for your heart health. But if you want to maximize the good your bike can do for your body, pedal as fast as you can. Research in Denmark shows that intense bike riding is better for you than a leisurely excursion.

The study in Denmark showed that men who biked with the greatest intensity lived, on average, 5.3 years longer than men who merely ambled along. They also suffered less heart disease.

According to researcher Peter Schnor, “ [Our] study suggests that a greater part of the daily physical activity in leisure time should be vigorous, based on the individuals own perception of intensity.”

Schnor’s other research has shown similar benefits for vigorous walking.

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About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • http://na Dr Pieter Dahler, DDS, MD ND (hon) PhD

    Great advice, but MEN have to keep in mind the prostate and urinary trackt problems they face when they use the wrong bike seat. The “standard” seat compresses the urinary and semen tubes under the base of the penis. This leads to inflammatory and eventually worse health concerns in that area. Instead, use the split-in-the-middle seat version and be better off overall with this article’s health advice.