A new study out confirms what we bike commuters already knew: active transportation contributes to improved fitness and health. The study found that, “Active commuting was positively associated with fitness in men and women and inversely associated with BMI, obesity, triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin level in men. Active commuting should be investigated as a modality for maintaining or improving health.“
This cross-sectional study included 2,364 participants already enrolled in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. The new study looked at participants who worked outside the home during year 20 of the CARDIA study. A number of factors were assessed to determine the effects of active commuting including body weight, obesity, fitness, blood pressure, and glucose/insulin levels.