Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Barely moving in your car while horns are blaring around you can be stressful, unpleasant and — according to new research — possibly pose a significant health risk. A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that people who walk to work are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes and 17 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who regularly drive.
Researchers from University College London and Imperial College London surveyed the commuting habits and health of over 20,000 people around the United Kingdom. They found that people who cycled, walked or used public transportation were less likely to be overweight than drivers. In addition, 19 percent of subjects who used a private mode of transportation — cars, motorcycles and taxis — were obese.
“This study highlights that building physical activity into the daily routine by walking, cycling or using public transport to get to work is good for personal health,” said Anthony Laverty, a research assistant at Imperial College and co-author of the study, in a press release.
The researchers concluded their report by suggesting that local and national governments do more to encourage their citizens to be active to prevent obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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