TRAFFIC – HEALTH HAZARDS & TIPS TO DE-STRESS!

 

 

 

TRAFFIC – HEALTH HAZARDS & TIPS TO DE-STRESS!

 

  • Choose a place to live that is closer to work thereby reducing the distance and time on travelling.

  • Before venturing out each day do some yoga, deep breathing exercises, eat healthy and relax for few minutes.

  • Use public transport such as buses or trains which will reduce the number of vehicles on the road, thereby less traffic.  It is also faster, cheaper and more relaxing.

  • Walking, jogging or cycling to nearby places is easy way to improve your health and to save your environment.

  • Avoid talking, texting or chatting while driving even if the traffic is moving slowly.

  • Do not react to rude or aggressive behaviour of other commuters which in turn will increase your stress levels.

  • Drive courteously and relax.

  • Plan your commitment and leave home well in advance, so that you will not violate traffic rules

 

Stuck in traffic for long hours!! Worried on being late to your work or to your commitment!! That should not be your matter of concern, be worried of your health!!! Traffic affects your health and has been a cause for serious conditions, which at times might even endanger your life.

 

The frustration of sitting for long time in traffic with nothing to do but to wait, with your hands/feet on clutch and brake can take away more than just time – Yes, your Health!

 

Alarming updates from American Heart Association – “People who have had heart attack are likely to report having been stuck in traffic shortly before their symptoms have started”

 

Health hazards due to traffic jam have been proved by various studies. Studies have shown that longer commutes are associated with

  • Stress
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Obesity
  • Low fitness level
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer.

 

To elaborate the health hazards of traffic, following are the key points below:

  • People who spend time in traffic are 3.2 times higher risk of developing heart attack when compared to people who do not get stuck in traffic
  • Stress of varying degree, starting from getting irritated easily, fatigue, increased muscle tension, depression and might extend up to palpitation, memory loss and cognitive malfunction
  • Breathing traffic fumes for 30 minutes is said to take a toll on the normal functioning of the brain, having a negative impact on the mental capacity, intelligence and emotional stability.
  • The emissions are also said to increase the risk of Alzheimer`s disease and Parkinson`s disease.

 

Causes for increased traffic: Causes are infinite, however here are a few most common:-

  • Not obeying traffic rules
  • Aggressive driving
  • Inadequate public transport
  • Lack of time sense in individuals

 

We have understood the effects of traffic on our health, so we need to think on measures to curtail them. Here are few steps that can be practiced to find you driving with less traffic:

  • Choose a place to live that is closer to work thereby reducing the distance and time on travelling.
  • Before venturing out each day do some yoga, deep breathing exercises, eat healthy and relax for few minutes.
  • Use public transport such as buses or trains which will reduce the number of vehicles on the road, thereby less traffic.  It is also faster, cheaper and more relaxing.
  • Walking, jogging or cycling to nearby places is easy way to improve your health and to save your environment.
  • Avoid talking, texting or chatting while driving even if the traffic is moving slowly.
  • Do not react to rude or aggressive behaviour of other commuters which in turn will increase your stress levels.
  • Drive courteously and relax.
  • Plan your commitment and leave home well in advance, so that you will not violate traffic rules

Promote and opt for carpooling; driving together is fun, economical and healthy. Traffic is a small word but it causes huge damage if neglected.

 

Take a step to reduce traffic, so that your health moves multiple steps forward.
                                   Less traffic, more Health

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