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Another afternoon stuck in traffic or one more morning filling up the tank (and feeding the meter), and you’re ready to call it quits. Give yourself the walking papers: Become an active commuter, a person who walks or bikes to work. These trailblazers show fewer risk factors for heart disease, such as healthier triglyceride and blood pressure levels, and are more fit than other commuters. And if you’re looking to lose a little of that winter weight gain, a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that active commuters had lower odds of being overweight.
While a person can walk safely practically anywhere, cycling requires more attention to equipment and safety. Before you ride off — especially if you’re just beginning or haven’t ridden in a while — here are tips and techniques to follow:
Get more facts on bike safety, law and equipment at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, www.nhtsa.gov, or your state’s traffic safety website.
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