- First study of its kind reveals catching the bus achieves half the Government recommended daily exercise
- Daily bus users clock up annual equivalent of 11 marathons
- Regular bus travel beats car for health benefits
- Daily short walk to and from bus stop and destination can burn 22,630 calories a year
- The simple act of taking a journey by bus can help achieve half the Government recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day, according to a study released today.
The study investigated the health benefits of walking as part of the bus journey.
The 100 participants recorded their steps with a pedometer when travelling the same journey by bus and by car.
Steps were recorded ‘door to door’; to accurately compare distances walked to and from the bus or car as part of the journey.
Data from the 424 journeys found that participants averaged a daily walking distance of nearly 1.3km when taking a return
journey by bus (two trips), 2.5 times more than when taking the car.
The study comes at a time when the Government now advises that short bursts of activity can add up to form the
recommended 30 minutes, five times a week.