Cycling Photo by GengiskanhgLeaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates.

Researchers looked at thousands of people in the United Kingdom and found that 76 percent of men and 72 percent of women drove to work, 10 percent of men and 11 percent of women used public transit, and 14 percent of men and 17 percent of women cycled or walked.

Those who drove to work weighed more and had higher levels of body fat than those who walked, cycled or used public transit, according to the study.

Body mass index scores (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) for men who drove to work were about one point higher than among those who walked, cycled or used public transit. That’s a weight difference of about 6.6 pounds.

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