Working from home can save you 800 extra calories per week

Before we consider taking a new work opportunity, many of us give too much thought to the length of time it might take to travel to our new workplace. However, there are many people who travel long distances to and from work each day. For instance, take London: there are people who will fly in and out from France and Belgium to reach their offices every day. What is astonishing about this journey is the impact on their health and wellbeing. According to the Guardian, the average UK commuter consumes nearly 800 additional calories a week while commuting to and from work, often as a result of unhealthy snacking, stress, limiting sleep and physical activity.

‘Health in a hurry’ research conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health revealed that there are over 24 million people commuting to work each day in England and Wales and their drive to work is almost synonymous with stress, frustration and anxiety.

Here are some key points covered in the report.

  • While commuters spend an average of 56 minutes travelling to and from work every day, this research indicates that the travel time has increased in recent years.
  • The research also demonstrated the detrimental impact of lengthy, non-active commutes on our health and wellbeing.
  • Commuting can reduce mental wellbeing, cause high blood pressure and also reduce the time available for health promoting activities (physical activity).

1500 commuters were polled: what do the statistics tell us?

  • 55% of commuters reported an increase in stress levels
  • 41% of them reported reduced physical activity
  • 44% of them reported reduced time spent with family and friends
  • 38% of them reported reduced time preparing healthy meals
  • More than a third (36%) reported reduced sleep
  • 33% of them reported increased snacking or fast food consumption.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: “For some of us the daily commute can be a pleasurable experience, giving time for reflection or an opportunity to relax; but for an increasing number of us it is having a damaging effect on our health and wellbeing. As the length of our commute increases this impact is getting worse, including by contributing to rising levels of stress, adding to our waistlines, or eating into time we could otherwise spend doing activities which enhance our health and wellbeing such as sleep, exercise or time spent with friends or family.”

What’s the solution?

The research concluded with the below calls to action:

  • The Department for Transport must make it a compulsion for all transport franchises to introduce ‘health and wellbeing’ as a requirement.
  • Greater restrictions on unhealthy food and drink outlets in stations.
  • Publish information on passenger capacity routinely on trains and buses.
  • Declassification of first class carriages on all commuter trains.
  • Move away from the 9-to-5 culture and adopt flexible and work from home options.

The best way to tackle this issue is to embrace the work from home option, which gives you the flexibility to serve various clients from the comfort of your own home, at the times that you choose. Work with Arise and gain the opportunity to run your own company, set your own schedules in half hour intervals and plan your work around your personal life.