Do You Commute Everyday? It Could Be Seriously Harming Your Health

Yep, more bad news about things you can't really do anything about

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We don't want to ruin your mellow before the most depressing day of the year or anything, but we come bearing bad news.

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Literally every minute you commute, you feel less satisfied, like your life is less worthwhile, you are less happy and more anxious.

This is according to the Office for National Statistics, who concluded, 'The worst effects of commuting on personal well-being were associated with journey times lasting between 61 and 90 minutes.'

You don't even need to be that long to feel the effects, the study stated, 'Combining both travel method used and the length of time spent commuting showed that taking the bus or coach to work on a journey lasting more than 30 minutes was the most negative commuting option in personal well-being terms.'

But perhaps you didn't need them to tell you that.

There's also lots of lovely evidence that your commute is also making you fatter too.

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In fact, you can probably guess what we're going to say next, right?

It seems there is increasing evidence that if you travel over 31 miles to get to work, you're going to die earlier.

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Yep, death.

Every day that you get on a train or bus, it is taking you closer to death.

Oh, and apparently it's worse for women than it is men.

Because, of course.

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As you know, there's not much you can do about your commute time, perhaps you could get on a stop later, or off one earlier.

Commuting times are longer then ever, and they show no signs of stopping.

According to the Department for Transport Londoners have it worst, with a 45 minute average.

Don't worry though, the rest of the country isn't far behind, with a 25 minute average.

Just 5 minutes off the life-ruining target.

And with house prices rising and our gender pay gap not looking like its budging, it looks like we're going to be working further and further away from work.

Unless you are lucky enough to live off the royalties of a Christmas song your dad wrote in the 80s and therefore have wads of cash, so you can afford a central flat and live just a small jaunt away from your office, you're just going to have to deal with it like the rest of us paupers and die, too young, obese and unhappy, aren't you?

Or cycle, you could just cycle.

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