Commuting is bad for your health

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  • Commuting to work by car or public transport induces more stress, poorer sleep and greater sickness absence than if you walk or cycle

    A study published in the journal BMC Public Health claims that commuting to work by car, train or bus is more detrimental to your health than if you walked or cycled.

    Researchers based their results on a public health survey of 21,000 full time workers aged between 18 and 65 in southern Sweden and although the study could not prove that commuting directly caused ill health there were several telling signs.

    ‘Generally car and public transport users suffered more everyday stress, poorer sleep quality, exhaustion and felt that they struggled with their health compared to active commuters,’ says Erik Hanssen from Lund University.

    The team also found that the negative implications of public transport on health increased with journey time. The study was merely a snapshot as there were many uncontrollable variables in play and commuting takes its toll on people in different ways.

    Those who commuted by car for over an hour reported better health than those who drove between 30 and 60 minutes on a daily basis.

    Does your daily commute impact on your health? Let us know by posting a comment below.


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