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Benefits of Biking to Work

Benefits of Biking to Work

One of Denmark’s most famous sons was storyteller Hans Christian Anderson. He authored The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes. His tales always delight children and adults alike, probably because they make everyone feel smart and empowered.

Not far from Mr. Anderson’s old haunts, researchers at the University of Copenhagen conducted a study that’ll help you feel smart and empowered. Published in the International Journal of Obesity, the study reveals that if you struggle to find time to exercise, bicycling to work can effectively reduce stress and trim you down. In the study, previously inactive people who biked to work (an average of 8.6 miles per day) reduced their fat mass by about 10 pounds, compared to inactive folks. The biking group also showed significantly lower levels of stress.

It helps to live in a place like Copenhagen where bicycling is a respected part of the culture. But if you can’t bike to work, we suggest biking at work. Dr. Mike has long been an advocate of his treadmill desk—and now there are a slew of pedal-at-your-desk products available. Just search for “desk bike” in your browser and see what pops up!

If you don’t think those bike rides will do the trick, the study also found that overweight people can trim down and lose fat just as effectively by biking to work as by doing other moderate exercise during leisure time. So be assured, at your desk or to and from work, you can pedal your way to a younger RealAge.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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