Never mind diet and gym, just travel by bus

by Beatrice Credi - 2015.05.01
Never mind diet and gym, just travel by bus
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Those who get around town without cars or mopeds are healthier. This is the idea behind European research project PASTA (Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches), which takes an original approach to assessing the benefits of various transport choices. It stresses that the use of bikes, metro and buses incorporate exercise while keeping pollution levels lower and also expose people less to traffic accidents. In short, they keep you in better shape. Seven cities were surveyed for the project: Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Örebro, Rome, Vienna and Zurich. Each city identified a sample of 2,000 people willing to change and monitor their lifestyle with a regular and simple online test. Scientific support for the EU project was also provided by a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which found that the choice of public transport affects people's physical health and weight much more than punishing diets or exhausting sessions in the gym. Women and men who walk, cycle or get the bus, tram or sub-way to work weigh about 3kg less than those who travel by car.

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