Health

Public Transit and Fitness

Do you take public transit? If you do, it’ll help you stay fit. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that people who take the bus and the subway are three times more likely to meet fitness guidelines than those who don’t.  After reviewing travel surveys from Atlanta, Ga., they concluded that transit riders met requirements by walking to and from stops.

Researchers used the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s suggested daily minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, five days a week.

The survey also suggests the more people drove their cars, the less likely they were to get their 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

It means you don’t have to find time to go the gym if these short walks are part of your routine.

The researchers conclude that making transit more broadly available may produce indirect health benefits by getting people walking, even if it’s just in short bouts.

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