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Walking Instead of Driving Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular risk factors include obesity, hypertension and diabetes. A recent study suggests that walking or cycling to work instead of driving could cut cardiovascular disease risk by 11%.

The researchers examined data from a British study that included 20,000 people. 69% of the participants used private transportation to get to work, 16% used public transport, 12% walked and 3% cycled. 53% of the participants were overweight or obese.

Obesity rates varied among the participants depending on their mode of getting to work. Those who walked or cycled to work were 12% less likely to be obese than those who used private transportation.

Those who walked to work were 17% less likely to have high blood pressure compared to those who used private transportation. Additionally, participants who walked or cycled to work had a 40% lower risk of being diagnosed with diabetes compared to those who used private transportation.

Researchers from Imperial College London and University College London conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on August 6, 2013, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise can reduce your risk of dying prematurely, help with blood sugar control, reduce body weight, improve heart health and improve respiratory health.

Even a brisk ten minute walk a day can help. Look for ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine; you’d be surprised how many opportunities there are to get up and get moving.

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