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A Danish study has found that “active commuting” burns as many calories as a daily visit to the gym. Bumper savings by avoiding the car or public transport and pricey gym memberships, plus you get the benefits of losing weight.

The study conducted at the University of Copenhagen showed that in a study of 138 overweight people, those who cycled to work every day for 6 months lost on average 9.2lbs whilst those who picked up a weight loss regime in the gym lost only marginally more at 9.9lbs.

Professor Bente Stallknecht, of the University of Copenhagen, said, “This is good news to the many overweight people who may not have the time or inclination to join a fitness centre, because they also have to pick up their children and cook dinner after work.”

So it’s good news all round for cycling, save yourself from spending money on a commute, and a fancy gym membership, get a bike and you can do all the work on the road.

It’s always a good place to start, to see how cycling can work for you, to visit you local bike shop and get some advice on a bike. At CamGlen Bike Town we have a wide range of second hand bikes available, all fully serviced and ready to go, as well as a wide range of accessories, making us Cambuslang and Rutherglen’s premier bike shop.

Furthermore for those that live in the G73 area we can offer our led ride service to allow you to get out on the road to get more confident, and get to know some of the routes in and out of Rutherglen, Glasgow and the surrounding areas. And if you don’t have a bike we can even offer you one on loan, for free for the duration of the led ride. More information and a calendar of our led rides can be found here.