A study published in the medical journal the Lancet reported recently that inactivity is costing equal number of lives as smoking. Several studies conducted also revealed that inactivity is increasing steeply leading to overweight which is the basic reason for many diseases for all age groups.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has suggested cycling and walking for commuting short distances to combat inactivity for better health. NICE also suggested that councils should introduce bicycle-friendly infrastructure of the cities with better cycle-routes, bicycle parking, and better sigh posts for pedestrians and signalling and maps to encourage more and more people to take up this healthy way of travelling either to schools or offices. Bicycle-hire schemes to a greater extant promote cycling positively.

We all know that cycling is the easiest and cheapest way of exercise with innumerable benefits. It maintains weight, builds stamina, improves heart health, reduces stress and helps in overall fitness of the body. Moreover, cycling outdoors with family and friends is the best form of recreation. Apart from health benefits there are several proven environmental benefits of cycling and walking. It substantially reduces the pollution caused by the emissions of motor vehicles. People get to breathe fresh air. Fewer cars on the roads also solve many traffic problems and reduce road accidents. In addition, it saves your money. To achieve this and reap all the benefits people all over the world should be educated and encouraged to use this healthier mode of transportation. This positive change in commuting to short distances is possible only by collective effort of the transport authorities, health officials and the general public working together.

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