We recently published a news item on the detrimental effects of daily commuting on well-being (International Therapist, Issue 108).
New research has revealed people who walk or cycle to work benefit from improved mental well-being, compared to those who travel by car.
Data on around 18,000 commuters across the UK from long-running studies (over 18 years) showed active travel improved concentration, decision making, enjoyment of normal daily activities, and reduced the feeling of being under constant strain. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends schools, workplaces, local authorities and the NHS develop strategies to address safety concerns and make using these transport methods regularly easier.
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