Posted by Steve Marr in Untagged
Most of us commute to work with varying distances. I have a short commute, just a quick walk across the house to my home office which takes only a few seconds. At times I drive into Phoenix for a morning meeting. That trip may take between 20 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes, depending on the location and time of day. Others have longer commutes.
A recent study from Sweden by Erika Sandow indicated that those with longer commutes by car, bus, or train were more likely to experience high blood pressure, heart disease and stress. Thirty miles seems to be the benchmark distance that increases stress.
When taking a job or relocating to another house, think about where you work. Some people believe they should live where they like and endure long commutes. When you understand that every 15 minutes of commute time is 2 ½ hours per week, that’s a lot of work or family time to sacrifice.
This study indicated that time lost is not the only issue to consider. It also points out that your health is at stake when you have long commutes. Paul wrote that we need to be “making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16, NIV) One way to follow that scriptural mandate is to reduce travel time to work when possible.
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