The cycle prescription

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Much like Chinese Physicians prescribing Qi Gong as part of a patient’s treatment, a program is being launched in Boston which prescribes biking to help the health of Bostonians.


Biking is great for general health and wellbeing, with a fair number of studies on the effects of biking on health

Men who cycled at least 25 km per week had less than half the risk of non–fatal and fatal coronary heart disease of those who were not physically active.

Exercise as medicine, or at least, as part of a medical regime is a great idea. In fact, it’s one that China implemented after the Cultural Revolution when, according to B.K. Frantzis in his book “Opening the energy gates of the body”:

China found itself with less than half of its former medical personnel.

To counteract the medical crisis (which some might consider we are now facing in the west), China set up a national program of Tai Chi. Any patients who had health problems caused by poor lifestyle or lack of exercise were prescribed Tai Chi during their medical consultation. At that point, if the patient wanted another doctor’s appointment, they had to go to Tai Chi or Chi Gung every day for three months.

Though that might be a bit extreme, it pays more than just lip service to the importance of exercise for overall health and wellbeing. Chi Gung and Tai Chi are, of course, very gentle forms of exercise, but moving the body around, stretching and getting the blood flowing can ease and help all sorts of aches and pains.

For The West, the prescription of some gentle biking could be just what the doctor ordered!