Have you gained a little weight over the last few years? Perhaps the time you spend commuting has an impact on this weight gain.
Chances are that if you are spending more than an hour a day in your car driving to and from work then this could be a reason.
As many as 86% of Americans use a car as their main source of transportation, with the average commute shown to be around 25 minutes each way.
Over the course of the year that could add up to almost 204 hours, which is a lot of time sat on your bum doing nothing.
What research has linked commuting with weight gain?
Research has found that those who drive for more than an hour a day were heavier and wider than those who did not spend this time in their cars.
In a study undertaken at the Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Health and Ageing, 2,800 Australian adults were tested with those who are stuck behind the wheel for long periods of time shown to be around 5 pounds (2.3 kg) heavier.
This study also showed that as the participants of the study were sat on their bums the fat that accumulated was mostly found on their midsection.
As this belly fat is a high risk factor for various health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes it is important that you take steps to reduce this from occurring.
What can you do to prevent this weight gain?
While it may not be realistic to expect you to cycle to work, there are certain things that you can do while in your car that could help.
For example, if you are stuck in traffic you could move around, and do a few different stretches.
Instead of parking at the doorway to your office you could also park a little further away to get a little exercise in before you get to work.
What you do outside of the car is also important, so if you are spending a lot of time in the car, or are then stuck on your bum in the office all day you should make sure to be active outside of work.
You should also look at your diet, especially if you seem to be gaining weight. There are certainly things that you can do to prevent any further weight gain.