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31 October 2011

Commuting bad for your health

A mobile workforce can help improve a country's economy but the effects of commuting on the health of commuters and the costs to industry in terms of sick days is largely unknown.

A mobile workforce can help improve a country's economy but the effects of commuting on the health of commuters and on the costs to industry in terms of sick days is largely unknown.

Researchers from Lund University looked at 21,000 people, aged between 18 and 65, who worked more than 30 hours a week and commuted either by car, train or bus, or were active commuters, who travelled by walking or cycling.

One way journey time was compared to the volunteer's perceived general health, including sleep quality, exhaustion and everyday stress.

 
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