A Morning Stroll: Levels of Physical Activity in Car and Mass Transit Commuting

This article reports on a cross-sectional study undertaken to assess differences between car and train commuters in level of overall physical activity. The research was conducted to support the contention that walking as a part of commuting is a source of healthful activity. The commuters (n = 111) were asked to wear a pedometer for one week of commuting on their regular route; all participants also completed a standardized self-report physical activity index. Train commuters walked an average of 30% more steps per day, reported having walked for a period of 10 minutes or more while traveling significantly more often, and were 4 times more likely to walk 10,000 steps per day than car commuters. The authors conclude that transportation mode can significantly affect the amount of physical activity commuters accumulate during the course of a typical work day without incorporating planned or coordinated exercise programs.

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    • Special Issue: Physical Environments, Physical Activity, and Diet: Environment-Behavior Perspectives.
  • Authors:
    • Wener, Richard E
    • Evans, Gary W
  • Publication Date: 2007-1


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  • Accession Number: 01056014
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2007 7:27AM