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STUDY – One in nine commuters is walking the equivalent of a marathon every two weeks

A recent research reveals that commuters are far more active than they realize. One in nine of them is walking the equivalent of a marathon every fortnight.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s study discovered that 3.5 million workers spend 40 minutes a day walking to and from their office – including between trains, climbing escalators and getting to and from stations and bus stops, the total traveled distance being 2.6 miles daily, while the typical daily commuter spends 28 minutes on foot – eight minutes standing, 12 minutes walking, five minutes climbing stairs or escalators, and even three minutes running – The Telegraph reports.

“Many people dream of being able to do a marathon and this shows commuters are actually much more active than they may realise. But after an energetic commute, we can see many workers are spending the rest of their day sat down, both at work and at home,” Macmillan Cancer Support’s national events manager Lisa Shorter said.

The survey also found that nearly one in eight employees (12 per cent), the daily commute is the most they move all day – making their commute more active than their sex life and their job, while 19 per cent of those who say their commute is the most active part of their day admit to then spending up to eight hours sat down at work.

For 22 per cent people their commute brings them out in a sweat, while one in eight (12 per cent) admit all the activity gets them out of breath, and one in four says it even feels like a workout.

The survey was carried out on 1,221 people ahead of Macmillan’s OutRun May challenge in which people are encouraged to raise money by setting their own running goals. The challenge will see thousands of runners setting themselves a total distance to run gradually throughout the month for the charity.

Health experts recommend that people walk 5,000 steps a day to stay healthy, which is roughly the equivalent of 2.5 miles for the average person, even less than the distance traveled on average by a commuter.

Madeline Gorthon