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Research shows that walking & biking to work can boost mental health

Some research suggests that taking public transit, biking, or walking to work may make you happier. (Source: MGN Photo, worldonbike.org, Flickr-DieselDemon/CreativeCommons) Some research suggests that taking public transit, biking, or walking to work may make you happier. (Source: MGN Photo, worldonbike.org, Flickr-DieselDemon/CreativeCommons)
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Getting behind the wheel could be driving you crazy, literally. A new study says you could be stressed out on your daily commute before you even get to work. 

According to British researchers, people who stopped driving to their job and started walking or riding a bike were less stressed out and were able to concentrate more. Hoping on a bus or train also helped commuters relax more. 

"You're always stressed out with work so heading home, there's always an accident or something, so to do that-have time to just calm down before you get home," said Dr. Deborah Koricke, a psychologist. 

Researchers in Britain gathered 18 years worth of data from 18,000 commuters between the ages of 18-65. 

"You can maybe de-stress a little bit," said Dr. Koricke. 

Dr. Koricke tells us it might be worth changing your commuting ways by walking or taking public transportation. 

"Even if you try it for a month see how it is for cost and stress. It could be an experiment for a lot of people and it might be an experiment they may want to continue," Dr. Koricke said. 

Saving money and time is a de-stresser in itself. Dr. Koricke says if you do drive to work, try listening to calming music and give yourself enough time to get there. Running late can make your stress feel even worse. 

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