It was recently discovered that cycling might be a healthier choice than most of us have previously thought. A team of scientists from the University of Southern Denmark conducted a study to establish the benefits of this activity among the general population.
Based on the findings, people who choose bikes over vehicles when they go to work are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
This applies even for individuals who started biking at older ages. According to Martin Rasmussen, lead author of the study, cycling might quickly become a part of our daily activities, especially in the case of very busy people who have no time to go to the gym or to do physical exercises.
Over 50,000 Danish people participated in the study with ages between 50 and 65 years old. At the end of the research, the team established that participants who had the habit of cycling had a lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
All people were monitored during a five-year period to see what would be the benefits of this recreational activity. The findings proved that participants who made biking part of their daily routine were 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to the other group who did not have the habit of cycling.
Scientists have also calculated for every possible leading cause that might have increased the risk of type 2 diabetes including other forms of exercise, smoking, alcohol, unhealthy diet, and waist circumference. In other words, there might have been other factors that could have influenced the results of the experiment.
It means that no cause-and-effect direct connection was found but just an association between type 2 diabetes risk and cycling. Rasmussen underlined that the results were impressive most importantly because the participants were not young.
It doesn’t matter how old you are because you can start doing physical activity anytime to improve your life quality. Other previous studies proved that the combination of a healthy diet and physical exercises could significantly make your lifestyle better.
Also, experts established that people who have an excellent life quality are less likely to develop a variety of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and brain disease. If you live healthy and keep your mind active with work, study, and exercises including cycling, you will be a healthy person later in life as well.