Want to Feel Happy? Cycle to Work!
Scientists believe that dense traffic can be used in our advantage and does not have to be a cause of stress and frustration. It is only a matter of means of transportation you opt for. According to a new study, you will arrive at your workplace as much as 40 percent calmer and less stressed if you cycle to and from work, instead of going by car or train. This comprehensive project encompassed data from 1000 commuters and over 20,000 of their commutes. The data was gathered using Spire, a monitor tracking heart rate and deepness of breath every minute.
The data revealed that commuters who took bikes to work breathed more deeply for the entire hour following the commute compared to people who chose motorized transport. “It’s particularly interesting to see that many people don’t transition back into the home after a long day of work very well," said co-founder of Spire and head of the Calming Technology Lab Neema Moraveji. "By biking to work we know that the physical nature of cycling and physical exertion will engender a more calm and focused state of mind. So while being good for us physically, we also see lots of psychological and emotional benefits."
This study complements the findings of another scientific project which was recently finished and has showed that people who chose active commute enjoyed an overall higher level of well-being. “Motorized” commuters felt better even if they swapped their usual commuting method for biking for a short period of time.
To sum up, all people who feel stressed out should consider changing their commuting habits. Science proves that benefits of being active to and from work can play a pivotal role of how you feel the rest of the time.
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