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Drive less live longer

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Here's another reason that biking or walking to the grocery store or work might be good for you: a new study found people who spent a lot of time in cars were much, much more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

In a study published in the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, University of South Carolina researchers found that men (for some reason, the subjects were all male) who rode in a car for more than 10 hours a week were 84% more likely to develop heart diease than those who spent less than four hours a week auto-bound.

A related article in the New York Times have motivated my co-worker Scott and I to try and work in our office cubes standing up. The NYT opinion piece suggests that sitting in general is not good for you. It is such a sedentary activity that we burn more energy chewing gum.

If you already exercise regularly, awesome! If you'd like to start, why not looking at switching your commute from driving to walking, biking or taking transit? Studies indicate that people who ride transit walk more and are more likely to lose weight.

If you already ride transit and want to walk more, consider getting off the bus a few stops before your regular stop and walking the rest of the way. Click here if you need help with your transit or bike route trip planning.

Can you count the number of salutary behaviors this strapping young man is engaged in?

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Timo

July 23, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I see four - he's taking transit, of course; he's standing (probably having offered his seat to someone less fit); he's reading; AND he's rocking the stylish Portland Sunday Parkways shirt.
Lookin' good!

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Stephen Hoyt

July 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Congratualtions Mr. Forsberg, you get a bonus point for idenitfying a fourth benefit! I hadn't thought about the Sunday Parkways t-shirt as promoting good health or wellbeing, but I think it counts.

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