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Feb 12 / Jesus Dosreis

Bicycling to school keeps kids fit and active

As we all know exercise of any kind is good for health, a recent study reveals that children who ride a bicycle to school are more active and fitter than others.

Biological scientists of University of Essex conducted a study on 6,000 children between 10 and 16 years of age. They concluded that active transportation like cycling could help in lifelong fitness.
Some of the highlights from the study are:

  • Boys who walked to school were nearly 20 per cent more fitter than those using some means of transport such as automobiles or buses
  • Girls who walked to school were likely to be 30 per cent more fitter than those who use motorized transportation
  • Boys who used cycles to go to school were 30 per cent more likely to be fit than others
  • Girls who bicycled to school were amazingly seven times more likely to reach the minimum fitness standard than girls who used motorized transport such as buses

Overall results stated that children who were driven to school on motorized vehicles had the lowest levels of physical fitness. Walkers were next to them. Children who bicycled to schools were found to be more physically active at other times of day when compared with children using other transportation.


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