Does Active Commuting Improve Psychological Well-being?

Does Active Commuting Improve Psychological Well-being? The Danish love of bicycles comes ufabet partly from their effect on our everyday mood. Apart from the exercise that comes from walking or cycling rather than driving, studies show that both cycling and walking put us in a better mood than driving.

Mood Boosters

Mood Boosters

A group of scientists at McGill University in Montreal has looked into which sort of transport is best for our mood. The study was conducted among 3,400 people – during summer and winter – and examined six typical means of transport: car, bus, train, metro, bicycle and foot.

The researchers looked at the satisfaction gained in several aspects of the journeys and from this calculated one overall satisfaction score for each mode of transport. They found that the greatest satisfaction was experienced by those who could walk to work, while those ufabet who had to take the bus were the least satisfied.

Obviously, you might say. If you can walk to work, you can’t have a three-hour commute. That is true: the length of the commute does dictate our transport options somewhat.

So, it’s particularly interesting to study commuters over time and observe what happens when they change their form of transport.

Does Active Commuting Improve Psychological Well-being?

Does Active Commuting Improve Psychological Well-being?

Fortunately, that is exactly what scientists from the universities of East Anglia and York have done, by following a group of eighteen thousand Britons over eighteen years in the 2014 study ‘Does Active Commuting Improve Psychological Well-being?

Longitudinal Evidence from Eighteen Waves of the British Household Panel Survey (the rule of thumb in academic papers being, the longer the title, the better).

They found that people who switched from driving to walking or cycling experienced improvements in ufabet psychological well-being – even if the trip now took longer.

Part of the reason why we feel in a better mood when cycling rather than driving is that our senses are more engaged.