They found that the longer one drives to work, the higher their blood pressure and the lower their overall cardiovascular (heart) health.
The researchers concluded that commuters who drive over 15 miles (24 kilometers) to work each work day had less time to exercise and stay fit when compared to drivers who daily commute less than 15 miles to work.
The May 8, 2012 Fox News article Longer commutes could be bad for your health stated, “Overall, those who drove longer distances had higher BMIs, waist circumferences and blood pressure.”
And, “Long distance commuters also reported decreased cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and less frequent moderate to vigorous physical exercise. Increased weight, high blood pressure and low levels of fitness can increase a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and kidney failure.”
Dr. Christine Hoeher, an assistant professor in the division of public health sciences at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), led the study.
She stated, "Longer commuting distance may lead to a reduction in overall energy expenditure."
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