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07/22/2009 - News

Leave Your Car at Home When You Go to Work

By: June Chen, MD


Surprisingly, there has been very little research on the relationship between lifestyle exercise and fitness, obesity, and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Now, researchers report that biking or walking to work is associated with improved fitness levels in both men and women, according to a study published in the July 13, 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their colleagues studied 2364 participants enrolled in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study who worked outside of the home. Of these participants, a total of 16.7% biked or walked to work. The researchers found that active commuting was associated with increased fitness in both men and women. They also discovered that, among men, active commuting was associated with lower body mass index, obesity, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels.
Among the study participants, men were more likely to bike or walk to work and they were also more likely to actively commute over longer distances. The study authors suggest that increasing active commuting in women would be relevant for increasing overall physical activity and fitness. They also conclude that their findings confirm the health benefits of lifestyle or leisure-time walking. However, further studies are needed to determine the amount of active commuting needed to have a positive impact on health outcomes.


Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(13):1216-1223.

Created on: 07/18/2009
Reviewed on: 07/22/2009

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Good article

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Salah wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Interesting article, it reminds me that I should start sport.