Commuting to Work and Excess Weight
A survey of 10,500 Americans found that for every extra 30 minutes commuters spent driving, they had a 3 percent greater chance of becoming obese compared with workers who spent less time driving.
In addition, people who lived within walking distance of stores (typically less than one-half mile) were statistically less likely to be obese than those who had to drive to shop.Â These findings indicate obesity has an environmental component that can be addressed.
The bottom line is, the longer you must drive on your way to work, the more likely you are to be obese.Â Living closer to work and avoiding traffic jams may help not only your your stress levels, but your waistline as well.Â The study is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Is Commuting to Work Preventing You From Exercising?
Get Fit Fast. Cannot fit an entire strength training routine into your schedule? Do just two exercises every day, so by week’s end you have hit all your body parts. It will take less than ten minutes and you will keep your muscles and bones strong.
Eat Better, Too
Before modern medicine, a sound diet was the best defense against disease. As more and more medications were developed in the 20th century, we lost our focus on nutrition.
More recently, a significant amount of research has been redirected toward the important effects of the six primary classes of nutrients. These include vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and water. The studies focused on each element’s effect on the body.
It is important to follow a good nutritional program. Among exercisers, particularly those trying to lose weight, it is common to take in too few calories. The combination of commuting to work, over-working and under-eating can place stress on your body and its immune system.
Tip: Most people require about ten calories per pound of body weight per day. If you go over that amount, you will probably gain weight. If you fall too far short, you set yourself up for immune-system problems.