Health tip for the day :: shorten your commute
May 10 2012, 10:54 am

Long commutes are bad for you. Shortening yours by 20 minutes could improve your health.

Lifehacker reports that long drives to and from work may be hazardous to your health. Besides draining you mentally and forcing you to sit for extended periods through traffic jams, long commutes are linked to less sleep, high cholesterol, and obesity.

This infographic from College@Home explains the mental and physical impact of commuting, and where traffic comes from.

Put simply, the more time you spend commuting, the more you worry and the greater your health risks—partly because sitting too much wrecks your health and also because commuting is just plain stressful.

It isn’t easy to change your commuting time, but it may definitely pay off. Shortening your commute by 20 minutes might lower your risk of neck and back pain by 14%, obesity by 20%, and heart attack by 300% (see how different commuting times affect your health in this Gallup survey).

If you can’t move or change your commute, this is just another reason to find more ways to move during the day and try to convince your boss to let you work from home.

Here’s the whole graphic. If you can’t see it below properly, click here to expand the image to see it in full.