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Bike to Work Day: Why you should give it a try

By Hanna Brooks Olsen for

There have been a litany of studies which indicate that a long, stressful commute can be bad for your health–including a new one, released this month in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, which notes that adults with longer commutes tend to weight more, have higher blood pressure, and have more dangerous belly fat. Good thing May is Bike Month, and this Thursday is Bike to Work Day, eh?

According to the study, which looked at 4,200 commuters in two different Texas cities, commuters who travel further than 15 miles (which takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do on a bike) and spend a lot of time in traffic are more likely to be obese, and more likely to carry their weight around the midsection, which is dangerous for the heart. Additionally, because it’s more time spent sitting, it can actually take away from the effectiveness of your post-work workout. If only there was some way that your commute could be your workout…

Oh wait.

Keep reading to find out why you should bike to work…

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