• Sat, Apr 7 2012

See How Your Work Commute Is Literally Killing You

We all know the commute to work is a killer but what you actually might not know is that it is actually, slowly killing you every day, minute by minute. Happy Easter! This new infographic from College@Home shows the physical toll a typical work commute takes on your body. From neck and back pains, to cholesterol levels to obesity. Shortening your commute by even 20 minutes can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 300%!

But wait, that was just the physical aspect. You will also lose your mind as your body detiorates. The longer people have to be in a car, train or bus to get to work, the more miserable they feel. “The stress of sitting in traffic causes adrenaline to go up,” said Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin, medical director of the cardiac health program at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “Adrenaline is a stress hormone, so when adrenaline goes up, blood pressure rises. The issue with car commuters is that there is a constant stress.”

And it gets worse! A new study found that commuting is far more stressful for women than men. Whether you get to work by driving or hopping on the subway, it’s women who are affected the most emotionally while going back and forth to work.

According to WebMD, a British Household Panel Survey of employed adults between 18 and 65 found that although most women have a shorter commute than men – on average their commute is four minutes less each way – it still takes a greater toll on their mental health. The study also found that most men aren’t affected at all. Professor Jennifer Roberts of the University of Sheffield suggests that the reason for this could weigh heavily on the fact that even in this day and age, women are still the primary caregivers and the ones responsible for daily “household tasks.”

But take a look at the infographic below to get the real scoop on what your drive to work is doing to your body and mind.

Killer Commute
Created by: CollegeAtHome.com

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  • Corie

    So true…During the Recession, I commuted 2.5 hours each way to work. After a year and a half of that commute, you could tell even in pictures that it was physically and mentally taking a toll. It made me feel literally insane. Even a couple weeks after getting a new job with a short commute, I felt like a new woman! Long commutes = no way. Unless you are on the verge of homelessness, do not take a job with a long commute.