Study: Driving to Work Packs on Pounds

Driving to work packs on the pounds

Driving to work packs on the pounds


People who drive to work gain more weight yearly, even if they exercise, than people who don’t drive to work, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine [].

Australian researchers analyzed 822 commuters. Of the people in the study who exercised at least two and a half hours a week, people who drove to work gained an average of four pounds a year, a half pound more than exercising people who didn’t drive to work.

People who didn’t get enough weekly exercise also gained weight, but it wasn’t impacted by their commute. The only participants who didn’t gain weight were those who got enough exercise weekly and never drove to work.

“Even if you’re efficiently active during leisure time, if you use a car for commuting daily then that has an impact on weight gain,” said lead author Takemi Sugiyama.

If driving is your only transportation option, read “5 Ways to Make Your Daily Commute Healthier.”

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