The narrative of the average American commuter includes 25 minutes on the road each way to and from work, alone in a car. Regardless of your location – yes, even those in the suburbs with no bike lanes or public buses – you can make impactful and reasonable changes for a healthier and happier commute. The Huffington Post reports:

Many people work or live in places that don’t support a pedestrian culture. If there’s no way to walk to the office, then drive to a location that is accessible to work on foot. Those who had “high” levels of commute activity (30 minutes or more) were at reduced risk of heart failure.

Naturally, in more urban areas, biking or taking the bus to work promotes increased physical activity. The New York City government reports that cyclists are up to 18,846 a day in 2011 – compared to 5,000 in 2001. For those unable to avoid sitting in their cars (especially those who face regular heavy traffic), it will do you good to switch your radio station to classical while at a halt. An AAA Foundation for Traffic study revealed that drivers experienced less road rage while listening to the likes of Bach.

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