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Bike To Work Day 2011: What Everyone Should Know About Bicycle Commuting (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 05/19/11 04:12 PM ET   Updated: 07/19/11 06:12 AM ET

From Bicycling Magazine:

From fatter wallets to smaller waistlines, more Americans than ever are discovering the benefits of cycling to work: According to the League of American Bicyclists, bike commuting in the U.S. increased 44 percent from 2000 to 2009.

Thinking of joining the pack? Get started with the following tips, excerpted from Bicycling Magazine's Big Book of Bicycling, just in time for Bike To Work Day.

Tip 1: Bike commuting keeps you sharp
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Forget the dumb jock stereotype--biking to work is exactly the aerobic exercise your brain needs. Activities that require balance, quick reactions and decision-making skills--such as cycling--have been shown to control ADHD in children, and a Vanderbilt University study suggests that these activities may help adults with focus and concentration too. Also, a University of Illinois and University of Pittsburgh joint study found that physically fit participants performed 40 percent better on memory tests.

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