If you’re counting down the days to the refreshing Excellence in Healthcare Conference, you’re probably just as excited as we are about the variety and quality of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and interactive educational opportunities that will abound on the boardwalk. With so much to do, it’s easy to let those healthy routines slide, but not to worry, we have you covered. Join us on Tuesday, May 22, at 6 a.m. for a bike along the beach. If you’re thinking you’d rather sleep in and rest up for a day of learning and networking, consider these reasons to hop on a bike, not just at the conference, but regularly back home!
- Cycling offers easy, joint-friendly fitness
Walking and running are both great forms of exercise, but anyone who’s spent a lot of time on the pavement can attest that these activities put a lot stress on your joints — especially the knees. Because biking is a low-impact activity, it’s kinder to your joints. Notably, those with arthritis and osteoarthritis find biking an ideal form of exercise and pain relief. One study showed that elderly patients reported decreased chronic knee pain after introducing cycling to their routines.
- Riding a bike relieves specific health issues
Biking helps lower your risk of all kinds of disease, especially those impacting cardiovascular systems. A Danish study conducted over 14 years with 30,000 people aged 20 to 93 years found that regular cycling protected people from heart disease. Further, any sort of exercise is known to reduce your risk of lung, colon and breast cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes. In fact, research in Finland found that people who cycled for more than 30 minutes per day had a 40% lower risk of developing diabetes than their bike-free peers.
- Bike your way to better mental health
You may know that playing any kind of sport reduces stress and alleviates depression, but many sports aren’t as accessible as cycling. Riding a bike can be anything you make it, from relaxing group rides on the beach to solo mountain treks. There’s a bike for everyone. Countless studies have shown that increased exercise leads to decreased stress, anxiety, and depression. These benefits strengthen the focus necessary to complete daily tasks, whether they include attending a conference or running a hospital!
- Ride regularly and live longer
Professional cyclists are estimated to live nearly eight years longer than average, but even casual bikers see the longevity impacts. If you enjoy our morning beach bike, consider switching your commuting vehicle to a bicycle. In addition to doing a favor for the environment, you could increase your life expectancy by up to 14 months!