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Healthy Active


You know that cycling or walking are better for you than driving – and here’s another reason why. A new five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters has found that getting to work on two wheels can halve your risk of cancer and heart disease. Yes – that’s halve your risk – and you don’t even need to go far. Scottish researchers compared ‘active’ commuters, like cyclists and walkers, with those who travelled by train, bus or car. Regular cycling cut the risk of death from any cause by 41 per cent, incidence of cancer by 45 per cent and heart disease by 46 per cent. Cyclists pedalled an average of 30 miles per week, but the more miles in their legs, the greater the benefit. Walking cut odds of developing heart disease, too, mostly for people strolling more than six miles per week. But that’s pretty easy to do – if you work five days a week, you only need to incorporate just over half a mile, or just under a kilometre, for each leg of your journey. The impact remained even after adjusting for the effects of smoking, diet and weight. Time to leave the car in the garage.

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Embrace a #naturalsummer with the August issue of Healthy, which helps you maximise the wellbeing benefits of summer. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know for your summer holidays, including your summer beauty 'capsule' bag, plus why being outside = a natural happiness boost. Also, we've rounded up a whole list of salad supper under 300 calories to keep you trim, plus the best veggie burgers to enjoy at those BBQs. Read all about it – we chat to Sadie Frost on why she's swapped late night partying for morning yoga, and we catch up with Delicious Ella in her regular column. Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.