Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What Works: Ride a bike and lengthen your life

Tonight's NBC News What Works segment, Ride a bike and lengthen your life, was a follow-up to yesterday's report on cities developing better bicycle facilites: Willy Adkins, an 82-year old Jacksonville resident, bikes 16 miles a day. "It's just healthy for you. You need exercise, I don't care how old you get." Cycling an hour a day can reduce your mortality risk by 35%. 30 minutes of daily cycling can cut the risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 35%, and a 15 minute bike ride to and from work 5 times a week can burn off 11 pounds of fat a year.

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