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Lengthy Drives May Harm Commuter's Health


  11:37:00 am, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Lengthy Drives May Harm Commuter's Health

Lengthy commutes can do more than drive up your gas budget – it may raise your weight as well, according to a new study.

ABC News reports that people who drive long distances to work tend to be more overweight than non-commuters. In reviewing the medical records of nearly 4,300 Texas commuters, researchers discovered that the more people drove, the less they exercised. In addition, extended time in the car appears to contribute to higher blood pressure.

“It could just be a function of having less discretionary time to be physically active,” said Christine Hoehner of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., lead author of the study. “Or it could be related to people burning fewer calories because they’re sitting longer.”

Hoehner theorized that because commuter have less time to cook and more time to snack in the car, diet could also be to blame.

“I think the message for folks who live a long way from work and have a desk job is to find ways to build physical activity into their day,” said Hoehner, adding that workplaces should “allow and even encourage physical activity breaks.”

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