Why is cycling good for your heart?

Regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.   Evidence shows that cycling just 32kms a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. 

It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:

  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.

  • A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.

  • Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.

  • Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.

  • As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.

    Cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels. Research also shows that people who cycle to work have two to three times less exposure to pollution than car commuters, so their lung function is improved.


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