Walking, cycling or taking public transit to work helps middle-aged adults lose body fat and weight, new research suggests.
“Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of ill health and premature mortality,” said study author Ellen Flint. She’s a lecturer in population health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in England.
“In England, two-thirds of adults do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. Encouraging public transport and active commuting, especially for those in mid-life when obesity becomes an increasing problem, could be an important part of the global policy response to population-level obesity prevention,” Flint concluded.
The study, published March 16 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included information from more than 150,000 people between the ages of 40 and 69 in the United Kingdom. Two-thirds of them drove to work each day, researchers said.
The study found that bicycle commuting offered the greatest benefits compared to using a car.