If you do, you should. We continue to see the results of research validating the fact that standing, walking, and moving in the workplace is beneficial to a person’s health. Now we learn that adding a walk from home to the office each day provides additional benefits.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine people who walk to work are approximately 40 percent less likely to have diabetes as those who drive. The study also found that walking and using public transport were all associated with a lower risk of being overweight than driving or taking a taxi. People who walk to work were also 17 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than people who drive. This study demonstrates associations between active travel to work and a reduced likelihood of being overweight, having diabetes, and having hypertension. Also, more vigorous forms of active travel such as cycling may provide even greater benefits.
The researchers used data from a survey of 20,000 people across the UK and examined how various health indicators related to how people get to work. “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, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.
“The variations between regions suggest that infrastructure and investment in public transport, walking, and cycling can play a large role in encouraging healthy lives, and that encouraging people out of the car can be good for them as well as the environment,” said Laverty.
Using a standup desk or treadmill desk in the office should already be a part of your daily routine. Adding a walk to and from the office each day can provide that extra punch to help you achieve your physical activity goals for the week.
- American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Active Travel to Work and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the United Kingdom; September 2013, Vol. 45, No. 3
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