Believe it or not, a quarter of all our trips are one mile or less, which for most people can easily be covered on foot. In addition, three quarters of all personal journeys are less than five miles – just half an hour by bike. Those thirty minutes could hardly be better spent. Just half an hour’s exercise, five times a week, can dramatically lower your chances of heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. And it’s good for your brain too, as exercise reduces stress and gives you more energy.
Did you know that people that cycle regularly have the fitness levels of people ten years their junior? Or that by walking or cycling for just 30 minutes a day, you’ll not only be getting the government’s recommended amount of daily exercise, but also burning off 150 calories or more?
And if you’re worried that the air near roads may be a little stale – don’t be. Car drivers breathe in far more traffic fumes than walkers or cyclists – so there’s even more reason to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air.