MAK­ING A MOVE

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

If you’ve been think­ing about ditch­ing the car for a more ac­tive com­mute, read on.

A study pub­lished in the jour­nal Heart fol­lowed more than 358,000 par­tic­i­pants in the UK Biobank, a na­tional pop­u­la­tion-based study that mea­sures and tracks the health of adult res­i­dents in ur­ban ar­eas in the UK. Those who moved more dur­ing their com­mute – whether walk­ing, cy­cling, or us­ing pub­lic trans­port that saw them ac­tive some of the time – re­duced their risk of de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease or stroke by 11 per cent, and their risk of dy­ing from these con­di­tions by 30 per cent.

Those who had more ac­tive pat­terns of both com­mute and non-com­mute travel re­duced their risk of fa­tal heart dis­ease even fur­ther, by 43 per cent.

Those who moved more

dur­ing their com­mute re­duced their risk of heart dis­ease or stroke

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