Cars = Stress

Posted - November 4, 2011

A Swedish university study has found that the way we travel to work can affect our health

A study of 12,000 employees, and covered by The Daily Mail, has found that those who commute by car, bus or train to work are far more likely to be stressed and suffer from exhaustion.

Lund University in Sweden carried out the research. Erik Hansson said: "Generally car and public transport users suffered more everyday stress, poorer sleep quality, exhaustion and, on a seven point scale, felt that they struggled with their health compared to the active commuters.

"The negative health of public transport users increased with journey time."

The findings illustrate how travel habits can affect health. The study draws a further link between stress levels and travel. It also highlights the associated costs of sickness absence and productivity loss felt by industry.

Cycling or walking to work can reduce stress levels at the same time as reducing the costs associated with the daily commute. The cycle to work scheme provides the ideal antidote for disgruntled travellers looking to reduce those blood-boiling traffic jams and crammed trains.

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