Commute Green to Get Lean
April 27, 2017
Lose weight and give your health an overall boost! Whether you bike, walk, or take the public transport to wherever you go, commuting is a form of exercise that has all kinds of physical benefits.
Burn fat. If weight loss is your goal, cycling in particular is incredibly beneficial. For example, in this study, which was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, a 53-year-old man who rode to work weighed 11 pounds less than one who drove, and a 52-year-old woman cyclist was 10 pounds lighter than her non-cycling counterpart.
Get healthy. According to a study by the Imperial College, London, walking to work instead of driving reduces your likelihood of getting diabetes by 40% and cuts your risk of high blood pressure by 17%. And studies from Purdue University show that cycling to work can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 50%!
Lose the stress. Any form of exercise will help your body cope with stress. But if that exercise is done outside, the benefits are even greater. By not having to deal with traffic and transit delays, you don't have to worry about being late or getting stuck – you're in control of your own time.
Get into the healthy habit. Making your commute a form of exercise is a great way to build fitness into your routine. When you do it every day, it's easier to turn it into a habit. After all, you can’t skip the ride home as easily as skipping gym time.
Park a few meters away from your destination, if you live too far and commuting is not advisable. Walking from the parking to your office or wherever you are supposed to go will still add up to your daily exercise.
Skip using the car whenever possible – it's good for you, and for the planet too! Using public transportation instead of the car can help your health. People who take transit are less likely to be overweight than those who drive because of the “incidental physical activity” (like walking to the bus or taking the stairs) that goes with commuting.
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