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Weighting for the Train

A study conducted this spring found that the longer your daily commute -- the more time you spend in your car -- the greater the odds you'll become obese. For every extra 30 minutes you drive, you have a 3% greater chance of being obese.

Makes me glad I walk and take the subway to work, really. And highlights the importance of efforts like Bike to Work Day and Week and Walk to Work Day (also in Australia) even moreso.

How long does it take you to get to work? And, how do you get to work?

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  • V Dazzle

    During 2002 and 2003 I finally put myself on a diet AND excercise regime. I was driving 30 miles each way to work, so could only attend the gym on Sat. I had the trainers teach me routines I could do at home with inexpensive weights. I lost 30# in about 6 mos and have kept it off with continued 3Xweek workouts (at home). I had previously studied nutrition, so needed no advice. Recently started cinnamon to reduce cholesterol.

  • Roger Smith

    Commute time to work: 10 minutes
    Location: Orlando, Florida

    The correlation between commute and fat could be attached to free time to exercise. If you add 1-2 hours of commuting to your daily schedule, there is simply no time to exercise at a gym, bicycle, run, or shoot hoops.

    Also, there is probably no time to cook a decent meal or even wait for service in a restaurant. Perhaps longer commutes are directly connected to a higher frequency of visiting fast food emporiums. The movie Super Size Me comes to mind.

  • Lisa

    It takes me two hours door to door to get to work, but I ride a train. I'm sure the effect is the same, I'm still sitting on my butt four hours a day (not counting all the hours I'm sitting on my butt in the office!). I've often thought it would be great if there were treadmills on trains.

  • Dennis Cara

    I can reach my office in 7 minutes if I left before 7am. Afterwards, that could probably reach up to 30 minutes. This is in Cebu City, Philippines.

  • James Durbin

    When I worked in Los Angeles, I had an hour and a half commute - and ballooned up from 200 pounds to 240.

    I guess I can blame it on the commute? Sweet. Time for another Fatburger!