A well-known and highly-regarded group of MD’s, PhD’s (Theresa Munyombwe, Adam Timmis, Chris Gal, Robin Lovelace et al) and Olympians (brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee) at the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool in the UK produced some research that found heart-health benefits from walking or biking to work. The study reviewed data encompassing 43 million adults, and found that women who walked to work had a reduced risk of a heart attack the following year, and men who biked to work had a reduced risk of a heart attack in the following year. Note that more men than women bike to work and more women than men walk to work.
To generate the conclusions, researchers used the “Bayesian negative binomial regression model”. I don’t know about you, but when I want a negative binomial, I always prefer Bayesian. From the study:
“Active travel has clear benefits- both for people and the environment-and this research provides further compelling evidence to encourage more people to travel by bike or on foot”.
While that may be true, most American cities aren’t particularly bike-friendly. Before you try this, make sure your risk of injury by being struck by a car isn’t higher than the heart attack risk reduction. Link to the research here.
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