Experts agree there are many health reasons associated with taking public transportation. Using public transit as a part of your daily routine helps reduce crash rates, improves air quality, and positively impacts your health. In addition, public transit is convenient, comfortable, safe and affordable. Here are 8 reasons why you should try transit.
- Public transit increases levels of health and fitness – Walking to and from bus stops will help increase your daily exercise. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, adults should average at least 22 minutes daily of moderate physical activity to stay fit and healthy. However, statistics show that on average most Americans only walk 6 minutes per day. On the other hand, people who use public transit walk an average of 19 minutes per day.
- Public transit reduces stress – Reading a book, listening to music, or watching the landscape helps one to be more relaxed. In addition, public transit passengers don’t have to pay attention to the road which reduces the stress related to driving.
- Public transit reduces isolation – Meeting new people, or talking to friends is a great way to have a fun and entertaining commute.
- Public transit allows catching up on lost sleep – Taking a 10 or 20 minutes power nap can be one way to treat sleep deprivation. According to www.WebMDMagazine.com, researchers have found that napping regularly may reduce stress and even decrease your risk of heart disease. The length of your nap and the type of sleep you get help determine the brain-boosting benefits. The 20-minute power nap is good for alertness and motor learning skills such as typing and playing the piano.
- Public transit reduces air pollution – Public transit moves people efficiently while producing significantly less air pollution than individual drivers in vehicles.
- Public transit allows fewer crashes – Car crashes are one of the greatest cause of death for teenagers and young adults into their 20s and 30s. Public transportation allows those inexperienced drivers to travel safely.
- Public transit saves money - Bus fare is significantly cheaper than the cost of driving.
- Public transit reduces healthcare costs - Public transit can improve your health and reduce healthcare costs. Poor physical activity contributes to numerous health problems such as high blood pressure and obesity, causing an estimated 200,000 annual deaths in the U.S., and significantly increasing medical costs. According to the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, adults who exercise regularly average $1,019 in medical costs annually, an impressive 32% lower than those who are sedentary ($1,349 per year).