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Active travel can help boost mental wellbeing

16 September 2014

Active travel can help boost mental wellbeing

New research published in the Journal ‘Preventative Medicine’ found that people who were active in their commute to work rather than just sitting in a car benefitted from improved mental wellbeing.  In addition to the known physical health benefits associated with walking and cycling, such as reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, active travel also improved mental wellbeing in a number of areas such as concentration, the ability to make decisions and enjoy normal daily activities, and that it reduced the feeling of being constantly under strain.  The work builds on previous NICE Guidance on walking and cycling and the benefit of active travel on physical and mental health.  The guidance sets out how people can be encouraged to increase the amount they walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes

 

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