Doctors and patients all over the world are searching for a natural alternative to drugs. Exercise has long been known to have many curative effects, and a new program in Wales is putting that theory to the test. Their hope is to significantly reduce medical costs, while also avoiding dangerous side effects.
For the program, Doctors in the Welsh capital of Cardiff plan to give participants a six month membership to a bike rental service. Patients will have unlimited access to the bikes for 30 minute intervals. If they're successful, they hope to expand the program to other cities.
This initiative is similarly modeled after Boston's "Prescribe-A-Bike" (2014). It combines both healthcare and community welfare by allowing doctors to "prescribe" bikes to low-income patients in an effort to improve health and accessibility of services. They received an annual bike membership for only $5 a year.
The American College of Sports Medicine's "Exercise is Medicine" initiative encourages physicians to include evidence-based physical activity as a part of their treatment plans. This will help reduce some of the side-effects that come with certain drug treatments- including dependence. United States drug overdose deaths have tripled since 1990, which highlights the scope and urgency of the addiction crisis in America.
Regular exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, strengthen muscles and bones, and can even help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. Healthcare professionals all over the world are implementing evidence-based physical activity in their treatment plans, and the health benefits speak for themselves.
Start Biking Today
Living a more active life is a long-term process that takes hard work and dedication. It's much more difficult than taking medication- but it may benefit you in the long run. Biking is an excellent way to get fit, reduce health risks, and feel better. Talk to your doctor today to see how biking can become a part of your treatment plan.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!
Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.
Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)
That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.