4 Reasons Why Your Commute is Killing You

A lot of us commute, but I don’t think many of us are aware of the damage it can do to us, short and long term.


Sitting in a confined space for a long period of time has never been healthy and is in no way good for your neck, back and shoulders. Sedentary life harms physical capacity and overall health. Being less sedentary is key to good health and happiness in general. Too often, drivers will complain of a stiff neck and shoulders, lower back pain, a compression of the spine and tightness across the chest from holding onto the wheel. These are all things which can and will get worse over time and will cost a lot of money in physio/chiro/pilates/maybe surgery later down the track.


People who spend longer in their car shuttling themselves to and from work every day have worse cardiorespiratory fitness, BMIs, waist circumference, and blood pressure. Large commutes can result in spiked blood pressure from the general stress, and the time spent sitting in the car eats into recreational time, whether that would be going for a walk, going to the gym or just getting active. This in turn leads to less calories being burnt on a daily basis and the possibility of a thickening waistline.


Being stuck in a car makes it difficult to make good food choices, your options are limited if you’re on the road and if you’re really pushing on time, and you will find yourself hitting the drive thrus out of convenience and speed. What you may not realise is this food can cause Migraines because of the Nitrate and Artificial Sweeteners, Depression, because you’re not eating healthy food and getting the right antioxidants, Omega 3’s and Folate, Decrease Sex Drive because of the fatty food, and Food Addiction because high levels of fat and sugar can cause blood sugar levels to spike and crash, leading you to need even more in order to just maintain normalcy.


Commuting is a stress, it’s not enjoyable. Being stuck doing something every day that you don’t enjoy will eventually wear you down. It can make you irritable and tired, and by the time you get home you could find yourself unloading all your anger, frustration and tiredness on those closest to you. So not only are you unhappy in the car, you are now unhappy at home. And that’s meant to be your place of peace and solitude!

Stress within the home is never good, if you have kids they will pick up on this energy in the house, if you’re taking out your frustration on your partner, your relationship will slide downhill. If you stop communicating with one another your losing the foundation of your relationship, and the last thing you want is to drift apart and end up going your separate ways.

These are only 4 points, I’m sure there are many more. These are my most important, I used to commute, my husband still does, and I see the physical and mental stress he is under every single day. It makes me want to work harder to be able to relieve him of the burden of it one day. Because even though he deals with it as best as possible, I can see it wearing him down. And he deserves better than being stuck in a vehicle every day just to bring home the money to live on.

Things have gotta change, do they need to change for you too?

in house wealth


~ by Sam on May 17, 2012.

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