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Health Tip: Bike Safely

Suggestions to help prevent injury

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(HealthDay News) -- Biking is great exercise -- not to mention a lot of fun. But a nasty spill can ruin your fun, so it's important to protect yourself every time you pedal.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these safety recommendations:

  • Always bike with a helmet, no matter how short the trip.
  • Wear sunglasses, which also helps prevent eye irritation from dirt and bugs.
  • Choose outfits that are bright and easy for others to see. Avoid riding at night.
  • Bike with padded gloves to help prevent hand injuries.
  • Wear padded biking shorts, and use a padded or comfortable bike seat.


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