Getting and staying trim could be as easy as making your job commute a little more active.

Adults who bicycle to work weigh about 11 pounds less than those who drive cars, and have less (heart-damaging) body fat, according to U.K. researchers who analyzed data from a huge observational study of subjects aged 40–69, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reports.

Even if cycling to work isn’t practical for you, keep this principle in mind: Every single thing you can do to get your butt out of the car is a step toward staying slimmer and healthier.

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