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New Study: Longer Commutes Hazardous to Your Health.

A new study published in the June issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that longer commutes may be hazardous to your health.

The study evaluated commuting distances for 4,297 Texans, and then compared the distances to various health factors. Researchers found that longer commutes were associated with decreased physical activity, poorer heart health, greater body fat percentages, higher waist circumferences and elevated blood pressure.

The theory is that increased commuting time means less time to spend exercising or engaged in other physical activities. However, even after adjusting for the variable of exercise, commuters still had larger waists and higher percentages of body fat. In other words, commuting may lead to a lowering of one’s overall energy expenditure.

Researchers also speculate that longer commutes may be associated with higher blood pressure due to the stress of driving in traffic.

Commuting is just one of the many contributing factors to a sedentary lifestyle – and this new study reiterates the importance of time management and the prioritization of physical activity, personal wellness and exercise. Perhaps this study can be a great way to start a conversation with your boss about the possibility of working from home a few days per week?