09/26/2012 07:51 am ET Updated Sep 26, 2012

Improve Your Commute With These Simple Tips

The average commuter in America travels 25 minutes in each direction, alone in a car, according to the latest census data . But that's not the only way to get around. Growing numbers of people are biking, taking public transit and car-pooling, proving that these methods are more than passing fads or in direct response to economic conditions.

And while alternative commutes are certainly easier on the environment (and often the wallet), there are ways to make any commute healthier. Read on for some healthier commutes, thanks to public health research:

A Healthier Commute