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Your commute could be sabotaging your health

Mind Body By Tanushree Singh , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Apr 21, 2016
Your commute could be sabotaging your health

The mode of commute you choose to go to work each morning, may be affecting your health. Today, when a sedentary lifestyle is inevitable for most of us, having an active mode of commute can contribute towards a healthier you.

With daily commute to work becoming an inescapable and dreaded part of our lives for most of us, research suggests that it might also affecting your health. A research published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal suggested that people who biked to work had a lower BMI in general than those who simply drove. While riding a subway might not seem to involve much of activity, it is still better than driving as it does involve some walking and/or standing for moderate periods of time.

 

Your commute could be sabotaging your health

 

Walk or bike to work

If you are one of the few luckier ones, and the place where you work is not too far from your home, you can do a favor to your health and to the environment. If possible, make walking more fun by finding a colleague who lives nearby, and then walk together to work.

Biking is another great option, which is also rising in trend now a days. It’s a healthier and cooler new way to go to work. Biking to work is a great way to squeeze in a little bit of workout in your tight schedule.

 

Choose Public Transport


Public transport seems like no work, or at least not enough work to lower you BMI. But research shows that people who take public transport on an average have slimmer waistlines than people driving to work every day. Taking the public transport requires some amount of walking and standing in queues, which is better than sitting around in your car or taking a cab. According to a study, taking a bus or a train to work makes us happier, all the more reason to ditch your car and choose an eco-friendlier way to travel to work.

 

Try to be more active in your commute –


Commuting to work the one part of day where you can include some activity, so if you have absolutely no option other than driving to work, take a few steps to be more active in your commute. Try to park your vehicle a few blocks away from where you work, and walk the remaining distance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when you enter the building.

Even if you work from home and do not require any kind of commute, a sedentary desk job isn’t a very healthy way to spend your day. Take little breaks in between your work and take a walk around your block, or a leisurely stroll in the park. These breaks will not only help to achieve your weight loss goal, but also provide much needed relief from the stress.

 

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