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Cycling: A low-impact exercise that helps the heart
From small, under-desk cycles to high-tech stationary bikes, there’s a pedaling machine to suit all fitness levels.
They say you never forget how to ride a bike. So even if you haven’t ridden one in decades, you might be pleasantly surprised to find it easy to take up cycling later in life. More good news: Recent research suggests this popular exercise may help people live longer (see "Cycling linked to lower risk of death from heart disease").
Riding a bike outdoors offers other rewards as well, including fresh air and varied scenery. But there are also some downsides, including traffic and inclement weather.
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