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Travelling Every Day, Prevent Your Health

Updated | February 19, 2017 01:57 IST

The longer your driving time between home and office, the less likely you are to exercise, the more your waistline widens and the worse your overall heart and health becomes.

Previous studies have looked at sedentary behaviour like TV viewing and total time spent driving,” said study lead author Christine Hoehner, an assistant professor in the division of public health sciences at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “But we wanted to look specifically at commuting distance, since it’s an important part of people’s daily routine.

Long commutes can take away from exercise and are associated with high blood pressure, higher weight and generally lower fitness levels. This may make a lot of sense, because it’s extremely intuitive. But it nonetheless suggests that longer commutes are really getting under the skin and affecting people’s health.

The number of workers driving to work by private car more than doubled between 1960 and 2000, increasing from more than 41 million to nearly 113 million. The average distance traveled to work also has grown in recent years, from nearly nine miles in 1983 to more than 12 miles in 2001, the researchers said.

People with the longest commuting distances also tended to exercise less than those with short commutes. They also had lower levels of cardio respiratory fitness, a higher body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight), a wider waistline and higher blood pressure.

It is very much important that, though we travel a lot each day, we need to do the necessary exercises to make sure our health is fit.

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