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There are many benefits to cycling in our parish

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With the construction of bike paths in various areas throughout Ruston and the active presence of the Piney Hills Cyclists, it’s apparent that biking is a popular activity in the city. It should come as no surprise. Not only is cycling a green way to get around and a fun pastime that can include group activities, it is also a great cardiovascular workout that can help to control blood pressure. With cardiovascular fitness comes the reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Cycling is said to also alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. It is even said to be an effective treatment for diabetes and cancer in those who have been diagnosed with these ailments.

An obvious benefit of regular cycling is the physical result. Cycling helps to tone upper thigh muscles, the backside and calf muscles and trims body fat.

Because of these overall health benefits, more people should take up cycling in their spare time. Those who are too timid to take to the street might try a stationary bike at home or at the gym. But people who want to hit the open road should follow these key safety tips from yieldtolife.org:

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