Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Want a lift? Bike to work

Research at the University of North Carolina shows that people who walk or bicycle even partway to their daily jobs are fitter and healthier.
"... Only about 17 percent of workers walked or bicycled any portion of their commute. Those active commuters did better on treadmill tests of fitness, even when researchers accounted for their leisure-time physical activity levels, suggesting commuter choices do make a difference."
Read more in the Washington Post. There's a brief and more technical report on the study by Penny Gordon-Larsen at the Annals of Internal Medicine. If you look up the professor, take note of her interesting research into how the built environment affects a population's overall health.

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