6 health benefits of public transportation

Quick… Name something that irritates you every day. The first thing that comes to your mind is probably commute, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be on this website. Because we don’t want to be negative about public transportation all the time and we all want to create a healthy lifestyle… We found an article that gives us 6 (Yes, they found 6!!!) health benefits of public transportation.

We are more active. Public transportation users would get over three times the amount of physical activity a day of those who don’t. Why would we want to be more active? It helps lower the risk of serious diseases (heart and vascular diseases, strokes, diabetes, hypertensive diseases, osteoporosis, joint and back problems, colon and breast cancers, depression,… But also bad moods, increased lateness and absenteeism) so we can use the public transportation for many more years to come.

It’s safer. Public transportation is responsible for a very small rate of passenger fatality compared to automobile travel.

It reduces stress… (Okay don’t really agree on this one because nothing makes my blood preassure rise more in the morning than another delayed train or an annoying commuter but here’s the theory provided by the article): It would improve acces to education and eployment, which leads to better long-term economic opportunities and would benefit community cohesion by promoting positive interactions between neighbours. Nope… Still not buying it.

It’s better for the environment. True, it keeps the air cleaner, since we’re all riding the same vehicle instead of 236 persons individually polluting the air with their car.

It saves money. Even though train/bus tickets don’t come cheap, neither do car payments, gas prices, parking,… Driving is estimated 12 times more expensive.

It provides access to essential needs later in life, as it allows older people to gain access to important services and activities such as banking, shopping, healthcare appointsments,…

Let’s try to keep these in mind next time another passenger drives us insane. 😉

Source: Transloc, http://transloc.com/6-health-benefits-of-public-transportation

The Commuter

/kəˈmjuːtə/, noun

a person who travels some distance to work on a regular basis.

Public transportation: it’s too hot, too cold, too crowded, too slow, has too many stops (even though you wouldn’t mind one extra stop closer to your home and work), it smells bad and brings out the absolute worst in each and every one of us. Well some more than others.

We can all agree that some commuters behave like monsters who should be caged. The following (unfortunately not very rare) Pokémon can be found during your average commute:

The Overaccessoriser. This commuter does not travel lightly. Crying babies, large backpacks, smelling animals, strollers and foldable bikes are part of his standard travel package. If you are experiencing trouble locating such accessories, here’s a tip: the Overaccessoriser loves keeping his stuff close to him, especially on one of the very few available seats. Well, they’re not available anymore now, aren’t they.

The Beautician. This commuter can be recognised by a very distinctive smell of nail polish and/or perfume. The Beautician does some extensive renovation and plastering work during her commute and can therefor be quite hard to spot as she usually gets off the train looking completely different than she got on it.

The Tourist. Has a common characteristic with the Overaccessoriser as the Tourist is usually accompanied by large lugagge but can however be distinguished by the big smile on his face and he is genuinly excited and happy to be on a train. Or it could be the Overaccessoriser on drugs.

The Wannabe-DJ. This commuter aspires to be the next David Guetta and is, despite his headphones, kind enough to share his amazing music with all fellow commuters within a 25 feet radius.

The Foodie. Even though you can hardly find a less hygiënic place to eat than public transportation, this person enjoys, chewing loudly, his lavish, four-course, smelling dinner, followed by a half-liter can of beer.

Sleepyhead.  Can, like the Wannabe-DJ, be heard from afar. Makes loud snoring noises, has his mouth wide open, is possibly drewling and likes his neighbour’s soft shoulder to fall asleep on.

The Workaholic. This is the person who has to be available at all times or disaster, inevitably taking the form of a stock market crash, will strike. He puts his laptop on the table and taps loudly on it during the whole ride and calls at least half the company directory shouting “I’m on the train Patrick, I hear you very badly. Patrick? Are you still there? Patrick? I’m on the train! Oops we’re going into a tunnel, I might lose you! Hello?” How about calling Patrick back once you’re off the train, hm? This commuter is usually unaware that cellphones can be muted.

The Sweaty Commuter. Can also take the form of another unpleasant smell.

The Socialiser. This commuter like to talk and ask questions, especially when you’re in a bad mood. He is very eager to know where you got on the train, where you will get off, what you do for a living, where you live, if you have any pets and what kind of underwear you’re wearing. If you do not reply to such questions or ignore this Socialiser, he does not mind and will keep talking.

Please tell us which kind of commuter you have spotted in the comments or play our commuter-bingo game!