BENEFITS OF RIDING

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Bike riding is one of the most effective ways to improve your physical and mental health. The activity is low impact and can be done by almost anyone, regardless of fitness.

HEALTH

Riding a bike can have many health benefits:

  • Improve quality of life

  • Reduce risk of chronic diseases

  • Manage weight

  • Increase fitness

  • Improve sleep

  • Develop motor skills

  • Improve concentration and enhance memory

  • Emotional health - improve levels of well-being, self-confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness

The following facts reveal that the WA community needs to be more active:

  • 70 per cent of adults are inactive or have low levels of physical activity

  • 65 per cent of children are not getting the recommended levels of daily physical activity

  • 90 per cent of young people are not getting the recommended levels of daily physical activity

  • 63 per cent of adults are overweight or obese

  • 25 per cent of children are overweight or obese

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SOCIAL

  • Encourage family and community connectedness

  • Improve social skills and networks

  • Reduce isolation and loneliness

  • Enhance self esteem and confidence

  • Create safer places

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ECONOMIC

  • Produce health savings

  • Create employment

  • Attract tourism

  • Become a means of transport

  • Support local business

  • Reduce absenteeism

  • Reduce crime

  • Reduce congestion cost

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ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Reduce traffic congestion

  • Reduce air pollution

  • Reduce greenhouse emissions

  • Reduce noise pollution

More cycling is good news for the environment and your local community although the biggest benefit is for you as an individual.

REFERENCES

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity, 2011-12, 2013
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/Lookup/4364.0.55.004Chapter1002011-12 [Accessed 03 May 2016]