There's a bigger difference between us transit riders and the average auto commuter than just the CTA card tucked in the purse or pocket. We are likely to be three times more fit than car guy.
That's according to a Medical News Today report:
The study, published in the Journal of Public Health Policy,
finds that people who take public transit are three times more likely
than those who don't to meet the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Canada's suggested daily minimum of physical activity. . . .
Because transit trips by bus and train often involve walking to and
from stops, the study found that users are more likely to meet the
recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, five days a
According to the study, people who drove the most were the least likely to meet the recommended level of physical activity.
"The idea of needing to go to the gym to get your daily dose of
exercise is a misperception," says Frank, the J. Armand Bombardier
Chairholder in Sustainable Transportation and a researcher at the UBC
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. "These short
walks throughout our day are historically how we have gotten our
activity. Unfortunately, we've engineered this activity out of our
And if that's not enough to make you want to add value to your card, a Washington Post story notes that more car use means likely means greater obesity:
"The study of nearly 11,000 people in the Atlanta area found that people
living in highly residential areas tend to weigh significantly more
than those in places where homes and businesses are close together."
So keep those CTA cards handy. And try not to be so smug and "fit-looking" among your driving friends.
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