How traffic and commuting every day affect your health

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Posted at Jan 27 2017 06:29 PM

There’s no escaping the problem of traffic congestion—whether it’s because of too many vehicles on the road, repairs or flood. Braving horrendous traffic and suffering unbearable commutes have become part of our daily routine.

Aside from being inconvenienced and spending hours on the road, there are also serious side effects that traffic and commuting can do to your health.

1. Stress

As if having a long day at work isn’t tiring enough, being stuck in "carmeggedon" will surely push one’s stress button. Too much stress can cause sleeplessness, palpitations, memory loss, and even cardiac arrest.

However, you can manage commuting stress by transforming your space, no matter how cramped, into something more soothing. Even in the midst of traffic, you can calm your senses with music and scents.

2. Higher risk of heart attack

If you’re spending more time commuting, then that means you have less time to do other activities like exercise. According to the World Heart Federation and World Health Organization, more than 60% of the global population is not sufficiently active. As such, you risk developing cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, abnormal blood lipids and obesity.

According to research, those who have had a heart attack are "likely to report having been in traffic shortly before their symptoms began," shared the Heart Association at its 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

3. Respiratory problems

Then things get really stressful, we’re often advised to inhale and exhale to relax. But breathing polluted air, especially during rush hour when the concentration of pollutants is very high can lead to respiratory problems. The lungs work like sponge, taking in toxic pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, into the body. Long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risk of developing diseases such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and even cancer.

4. Neck and back pain

Long periods of slouching over in your seat can add strain to your neck and back. This can be avoided though by improving your posture or using a cushion for additional lower back support. It’s definitely not the easiest thing to do when stuck in a cramped bus or van.

Traffic and commuter problems are unavoidable especially when you live in the city, but there are ways of better protecting yourself against stress.

Doctor advise to consider wearing a mask covering your nose and mouth. In addition, you can boost your immunity by eating right and exercising often. It’s also recommended that you reduce your exposure to air pollutants by avoiding rush-hour traffic.

In case you can’t, choose to ride enclosed vehicles such as air-conditioned buses, taxis or shuttles. You can also greatly reduce your exposure to air pollution by riding in the safety and comfort of your own car.

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