Study shows walking to work helps stave off stress

Walking to the office can help combat the issue of stress at work, new research has concluded.

According to a study published in the BMC Public Health journal by professionals at Lund University in Sweden, people who drive to their jobs often feel under greater levels of mental strain than their colleagues who either cycle or walk instead.

This survey involved questioning 12,000 employees and also found that those who commute using a vehicle usually feel more tired than their physically-active co-workers.

Researcher Erik Hansson commented: "Generally car and public transport users suffered more everyday stress, poorer sleep quality [and] exhaustion."

Mr Hansson went on to say that this can even lead to differences in the general physical wellbeing of members of staff and added that the negative health of people increases depending on how long they have to commute for.

This comes after a study by Group Risk Development revealed that stress is now the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for almost one in six employers.

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-800789872-ADNFCR

08/11/2011 16:49