Magazine article New Zealand Management

EXEC HEALTH : Tour De Workforce; It,COs Healthy, Cost-Effective and on the Rise. Peter Tynan Discovers the Benefits of Going by Bike

Magazine article New Zealand Management

EXEC HEALTH : Tour De Workforce; It,COs Healthy, Cost-Effective and on the Rise. Peter Tynan Discovers the Benefits of Going by Bike

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Byline: Peter Tynan

What if I said there was an exercise that could simultaneously improve your health, fitness and wellbeing, save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint Co all without expending an extra minute of your precious free time?

The name of this revolutionary multi-tasking exercise? Cycling, of course. When the benefits are spelled out itCOs easy to see why cycling for fitness is being embraced by New Zealand professionals.

According to Sport & Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), cycling is the fastest growing recreational and sporting activity in New Zealand.

However, cycling is not just for keen networkers Co its accessibility, low entry cost and low impact on the body make it easy for just about anyone to take part.

C[pounds sterling]Cycling is a great low-impact exercise, and is often loved by those who have arthritis in the hips or knees, or who find walking or running too painful,C[yen] says physiotherapist Jenny Cooper, of Active Physio Albany.

Government guidelines recommend adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week to reduce the risk of, or improve outcomes for a wide range of health conditions.

But despite the widely publicised message to Cyget movingCO, the Ministry of HealthCOs most recent nationwide health survey found that nearly half of all New Zealand adults did not meet the definition of being regularly physically active.

ItCOs here that cycling offers a solution. …

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