National Cycling Day

There are so many ways to get in a good exercise. You can run, do pilates, kickboxing, or yoga – or you can bike! May 14th is National Cycling Day and the American Heart Association is joining forces with CycleNation™ to empower the nation to use cycling to help Americans get brain and heart healthy!

PictureDid you know as little as 30 minutes of biking a week can lower the risk of cardiovascular illness and improve brain health? Grab a friend and get out on your bike on May 14th – or go take an indoor cycling class!

In today’s world, it can be difficult to lead an active lifestyle.  Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950 while physically active jobs now make up less than 20% of our workforce. Nearly 70% of American adults and one in three children are considered overweight or obese.  That’s why we must work together to make it easy and safe to go out and get active.

When you hop on your bike, you are getting the exercise you need for the day and enjoying nature. We know complete streets can improve the health of the neighborhood. It is no surprise that engaging in daily physical activity reduces the risk of obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Studies show that people in walkable neighborhoods generally get about 35 to 45 more minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and are less likely to be overweight or obese than those in low-walkability neighborhoods.

Complete Streets policies ensure that future road construction build an environment meant to be shared by all travelers—whether it’s bikers, walkers or drivers. Unfortunately for the Garden State, only seven out of 21 counties and 130 out of more than 500 municipalities have Complete Streets policies. Reach out today to tell Governor Murphy we need more complete streets!

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