Imagine there was a magic potion that could nearly halve your chances of getting cancer or heart disease.

Well that’s what a major research project has shown you can do by cycling regularly. Published last year in the British Medical Journal, a five-year research project of 263,450 UK commuters found the cyclists in their study cut the risk of death from any cause by 41 per cent, and the incidence of cancer and heart disease by 45 per cent and 46 per cent respectively.

The cyclists weren’t even cycling big distances. On average they rode 30 miles a week. That’s three miles a day each way, five days a week. Cycling at a leisurely 10mph three miles takes only 20 minutes. In Worcester’s congestion it’s usually quicker than using your car or taking the bus.

Other research suggests cycling regularly means you’ll live two years longer and improve your fitness level to that of someone 10 years younger. It helps maintain a healthy bodyweight and thereby reduces the risk of Type-2 diabetes. It’s also good for your mental health. Cycling releases endorphins that reduce stress, ward off anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem and improve restorative sleep patterns.

And it doesn’t stop there. Unlike many sporting activities its kinder on the body and provides an easy way to fit regular exercise into busy lifestyles. There’s no need for expensive gym memberships you won’t find time to use. As its cheaper than driving or using public transport it’ll improve your wealth too.

Its even been proven that cyclists are less affected by car generated air pollution. That’s mainly because, as a cyclist rather than a driver, you’re not directly in front of the exhaust of the car in front, but also that you’ll often be taking routes with fewer or no cars.

So now the weather’s improved why not give it a try. Check out a cycle-friendly route to work, get your bike out, pump up your tyres and start pedalling your way to a healthier, wealthier and happier future.