Guest Article: Commuting for Fitness by Doug Sullivan

We met Doug at the Urban Commuter Expo. Super cool guy and we told him about Guest Articles. The fella is quick, he sent me his article on Monday morning. Enjoy!

We all should know that fitness needs to be a daily part of life. Did you know that low intensity high frequency exercise benefits our bodies the most? Cycling to work, school or any daily errands can accomplish this.

Regular physical activity and/or exercise decreases mortality, improves cardiovascular and respiratory function, reduces coronary heart disease risk factors, lowers the risk of colon cancer, improves immune function, and enhances a sense of well-being. After giving up smoking, becoming more physically active may be the best thing you can do for your health.

Although many people enthusiastically begin exercise programs at one time or another, only 50% sustain their participation for more than six months. We ALL need to commute. Cycling could sustain your continuous participation in exercise.

In 1992, the American Heart Association (AHA) officially named physical inactivity — not lack of exercise — as a major independent risk factor for heart disease. In many ways cycling could be considered your best defense against physical inactivity.

The Surgeon General has recommended that all Americans over the age of two years accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity, of at least moderate intensity, on most, preferably all, days of the week. Three 10-minute or two 15-minute bouts of exercise yield cardio-respiratory fitness gains comparable to those from one continuous 30-minute session of equal intensity.

Consider the benefits of using bike commuting as your basic means of transportation and you will realize it’s a health issue. You are NOT leasing your body, nor will you be trading it in for the latest model. You CAN upgrade, and modify the engine to keep you on the road longer and in the fast lane. This can be done systematically and automatically in your daily life, as you keep riding your bicycle and for everyday occurrences. Choosing to expand or enhance your commute is matter of preference and/or your goals and needs. But in the long run bike commuting will ultimately improve you LIFE!

Live Strong,
Doug Sullivan,RN,AFAA

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As one of the original founders of He has helped build this site into one of the leading and oldest bicycle commuting blog sites. Filled with passion for everything two wheels, RL Policar covers a multitude of subjects from product reviews, news, articles and technical how to's.