Health researchers suggest that people who walk or bike to work are likely to influence their co-workers and partners to do the same.
"Social influences are important, specifically interpersonal influences, such as spouses and co-workers," Melissa Bopp, assistant professor of kinesiology, Penn State, said.
She emphasized that community and employers also significantly influence whether people choose to actively commute.
Regardless of a chronic disease or disability, any regular physical activity can improve health and quality of life.
The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week for adults.
Active commuting (AC) -- physical exercise, such as bicycling or walking, as a way to travel to and from work-is one way to help adults integrate the recommended activity into their daily routine.
The findings are published online in the American Journal of Health Behavior.