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Study shows cycling can build better spine and back health

Cycling may be beneficial for the spine, building stronger back muscles and healthier intervertebral disc tissue, according to research by Deakin University in Melbourne.

The Deakin study is the first in Australia to compare the spine health of road cyclists with that of people who do little physical exercise. The cyclists trained regularly and rode more than 150 kilometres a week. None of the 36 participants had any history of spine disease.

The findings are published online in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The study was led by Daniel Belavy, associate professor of exercise and musculoskeletal health at the university’s institute for physical activity and nutrition at its Burwood campus.

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