Why it seriously pays to walk or bike to your job

Your miserable commute might get a little better if you consider walking or even cycling — and it even could make you more productive at work, according to a new study.

Researchers in Australia took a look into the commuting habits of workers and found that commuting shorter distances, and have an active commute like walking or biking, makes commuters more likely to be happy, which positively influences their behavior at work.

The study, published in the Journal of Transport Geography, observed more than 1,000 full-time workers and found that long commutes aren’t for the best. Workers with long-distance commuters have more absent days, according to the study. They claim that workers with lengthy commutes miss more time because they are more likely to get sick and miss work. Long commutes also have an adverse effect financially due to travel costs.

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But there’s good news for those who get to work differently. Participants who walk or bike to work reported having betting working habits compared to participants who take public transportation or commute via car. Participants reported feeling relaxed, calm, enthusiastic, and satisfied with their commuters, which made them more productive.

This revelation isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it further shows how an active commute has its benefits. Cycling to work has big health benefits, according to a study published in 2018, which claimed cycling drastically lowering the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease compared to commuters who travel via car or public transportation.

Longer commuters have also been targeted for its health issues in the past. A study published in 2012 looked at Texan commuters and found those with lengthened commutes of about 15 miles were overall less physically active and more likely to be obese.