Factoid Friday: Could your long commute be giving you a bigger waistline?
While freeway gridlock has long been known as a detriment to our environment, our vehicles and our mood, a new study adds to the growing body of research that long commutes to work are indeed harmful to your physical health as well.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that longer drives to and from work yielded a higher occurrence of health problems such as decreased cardiorespiratory fitness, increased weight, high cholesterol, and elevated blood pressure.
It's yet another example of how transportation links to quality of life, especially considering San Diego has ranked among the worst in the nation for traffic congestion.
More on our region's transportation challenges and what we can do about them.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, June 2012; The Atlantic, May 2012:http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/05/longer-commute-bigger-waistline/1952/