Harvard Health Letter

Active commuting: It's a win-win-win - and more victories may be in store

Much of the research into physical activity and its effects focuses on what we do in our spare time — and for some good reason.

Workplace tasks are increasingly sedentary: many people stare at computer screens all day, with only their fingers moving. And getting to the job has become a rather slothful enterprise: a few steps to get behind the wheel and then a few more to get from the parking lot to the office.

But with rising gas prices and clogged roadways, biking or walking to work has come into vogue. Physically active commuters save money and "hardwire" physical activity into their days.

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