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Walking, biking to work improves mental well-being

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Walking, cycling, or taking public transit to work lead to more positive benefits at work, including better concentration and less stress, according to a new study by Preventive Medicine. The study 18,000 commuters in Britain over an 18 years who switched to active transportation modes from car commuting. More on the study fro Urbanful:

“Our study shows that the longer people spend commuting in cars, the worse their psychological well-being. And correspondingly, people feel better when they have a longer walk to work,” said Adam Martin, one of the lead study authors from UEA’s Norwich Medical School.

For every 10 minutes of increased commuting time, drivers felt worse and walkers or cyclists felt better, according to the study. Even public transit—with its system issues and uncontrollable delays—turned out to be better than driving.

“One surprising finding was that commuters reported feeling better when traveling by public transport, compared to driving. You might think that things like disruption to services or crowds of commuters might have been a cause of considerable stress. But as buses or trains also give people time to relax, read, socialise, and there is usually an associated walk to the bus stop or railway station, it appears to cheer people up,” Martin said.

Photo: Alex Torres (Flickr)

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