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It’s Smart to Ride a Bike — and Riding Makes You Smarter

Posted on 11. May, 2009 by Chris Baskind in Health

A green bike lane sign

It’s Bike to Work Week, and all this week, we’ll be discussing smart ways to start using a bicycle for some of the trips you’re currently making by car. But first — how cycling makes you smarter!

That’s right: riding a bicycle, like most forms of aerobic exercise, can actually improve cognitive function. It’s long been known that physical activity can improve your mental outlook and help slow the results of aging, but scientific studies continue to stack up showing that regular exercise actually helps the brain to function better.

So using your bicycle more isn’t just about what you can do for the environment — it’s about doing good for yourself. Check the Daily Footstep all this week for ways to get started. Or get in gear for Friday’s Bike to Work Day by checking out Lighter Footstep’s guide to becoming a bicycle commuter.

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