More commuters work out in early hours

"I found it much easier leaving my house at 10 'til five, and being here at 5:30. It's just a breeze coming in. I can get my workout in and go on with my day," said early commuter Marlene Mauk.

Marlene Mauk is part of a growing number of commuters who start their drive to work before most people get out of bed. Instead of sitting at her desk, Marlene heads to a gym near her office.

In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported three million more workers left home between 5 and 6:30 a.m. than they did in 2000, and many fitness centers are opening earlier to accommodate the trend.

Commuters also say an early morning workout also helps reduce their workplace stress.


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