Making healthy moves
People who meet or exceed the target of 150 minutes of exercise per week are more likely to feel fitter, have a lower BMI, and recover from illness more quickly. If you currently drive to work but start cycling instead, this will mean you exercise much more. Of people who cycle to work, over 80% meet the target 150 minutes of exercise per week recommended by the Gezondheidsraad (Health Council of the Netherlands) as part of their healthy exercise target. 46% of people who commute to work via public transport meet the target 150 minutes of exercise per week. The benefits to your health go beyond exercise as both travel by bicycle and public transport offer more health benefits!
To your destination in no time!
The Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid (KiM, Knowledge institute for mobility policy) investigated the relationship between health and active transportation. Walking and cycling were included in the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. A fifteen-minute, active commute each way means that you already meet the target if you work five days a week! Exercise, household chores, and gardening will help you meet the recommended amount of physical activity. Only 7% of people who commute by car meet the target 150 minutes of exercise per week.