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Do cyclists live longer?

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Sarah Achleithner, health and wellness writer
Yes, regular cycling is associated with lower risk of chronic disease and increased life span. Studies have shown that people who bike to work have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all-cause mortality [1]. Another study found that cyclists were 15% less likely to die from any cause [2]. This evidence demonstrates the fact that you don’t need to be an elite cyclist to reap the benefits of biking. For more information on the relationship between exercise and longevity see this article.
Cyclist in a burgundy jersey cycling on the road
[1] Celis-Morales, C. A., Lyall, D. M., Welsh, P., Anderson, J., Steell, L., Guo, Y., Maldonado, R., Mackay, D. F., Pell, J. P., Sattar, N., & Gill, J. M. (2017). Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: prospective cohort study. BMJ. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1456
[2] Oja, P., Kelly, P., Pedisic, Z., Titze, S., Bauman, A., Foster, C., Hamer, M., Hillsdon, M., & Stamatakis, E. (2016). Associations of specific types of sports and exercise with all-cause and cardiovascular-disease mortality: a cohort study of 80 306 British adults. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(10), 812–817. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2016-096822