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In 2016, Health in a Hurry, a re­port from UK char­ity the Royal So­ci­ety for Pub­lic Health, showed longer com­mute times are as­so­ci­ated with in­creased stress and frus­tra­tion, higher blood pres­sure and BMI, and re­duced time for ac­tiv­i­ties that en­hance health and qual­ity of life, such as ex­er­cis­ing, sleep­ing, cook­ing and spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily.

Other stud­ies im­pli­cate long com­mutes in neck and back pain, in­som­nia, de­pres­sion, and a re­duced life ex­pectancy. It can also cause weight gain. A UK study found the av­er­age com­muter con­sumes nearly 800 ad­di­tional calo­ries a week while trav­el­ling, due to un­healthy snack­ing and grab­bing take­aways.

John Whit­taker with Ken Fortune who he car pools with from Waimakariri to Christchurch. PHOTO: DAVID WALKER/STUFF

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