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Losing Weight with Public Transportation

It is no surprise that most Americans practically live in their cars. However, a recent study has shown that spending more time commuting may help your weight loss efforts. According to findings from a University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and the RAND corporation study, people who take public transportation may lose weight, potentially up to 6 pounds for a 5'5" person, over 12-18 months.

"The built environment can constrain or facilitate physical activity. Understanding ways to encourage greater use of local environments for physical activity offers some hope for reducing the growth in the prevalence of obesity," Dr. John MacDonald, lead author of the study, explained to The Telegraph.

By simply switching your commuting activity from the car to your feet, especially if you live in a city where rails and buses are easily accessible, you could help yourself lose weight—the study suggested that several pounds (and maybe a dress size) can potentially be dropped during the course of 12-18 months.

Fitting a brisk walk into your daily exercise routine may be one of the best ways to stay fit and get trim. If you are thinking about fitness as a way to get where you are going rather than a daily chore, chances are you won't even notice that you are burning calories!