Washington University study: Long commutes increases obesity chances

9:24 AM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
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(WCAU) -- A new study shows how far you drive could be affecting your health.

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis found people who travel 15 miles each way were more likely to be obese and have have an unhealthy waist size.

While sitting in a car may take up time better spent at the gym, researchers also found people who only traveled 10 miles had an increase risk of high blood pressure.

Cardiologist Dr. Raymond Rodriguez says the study is right on the money.

"Basically what they found is you had less time to do all the right things," he says.

Dr. Rodriguez says we need to work twice as hard to counter the affects of commuting.

He says the key is to have a plan from packing healthy snacks to playing your favorite music to keep your cool on the road.

"What I recommend is just have some quiet time, shut the phone off for a little bit," he says.

Once you get to the office, don't be sedentary.

"For every 20 minutes, get up and stretch even if it is for a minute or two be amazed at the amount of calories you'll burn if you do that three times an hour."


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