Monday, October 27, 2014

The transit workout

Want to lose a few pounds?  The answer may be as simple as taking the bus to work. 

A recent study found that people who don't drive to work--no matter how much or how little they otherwise exercise--are likely to weigh an average of five to seven pounds less than someone in a car.

"Public transport use involves a greater level of incidental physical activity than we commonly assume," says lead author Ellen Flint, a research fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "Walking from your home to the bus stop, standing in a busy train carriage, sprinting up the station stairs to change platforms; a public transport journey usually involves more exertion than traveling by car."

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