Even if you've landed your dream job, chances are it's not right down the street. In fact, most women travel up to a full hour to get to work each day, adding up to a 120-minute round-trip trek and a major health drag. Whether you carpool, sit behind your wheel, or take public transportation, a long commute can increase stress levels, fatigue, and your waistline, according to new Gallup research. What's more, the longer it takes you to get from home to work and back each day, the less happy you are in general. Face the
facts and fix that frown with these tips from Ann Kulze, M.D., a wellness expert in transit:
Fact: 24% of female commuters have high cholesterol Fix It: Studies indicate that regularly eating almonds and walnuts can lower your cholesterol levels. Stash a bag of the healthiest nuts in your purse and snack on a small handful of them every day.
Fact: 36% of female commuters are self-professed worrywarts Fix It: Plug into some gut-busting stand-up comedy podcasts (search "comedy" on iTunes). A good laugh can lower your body's level of stress hormones, not to mention help distract you from a massive to-do list.
Fact: 25% of female commuters are obese Fix It: Battle the fat by doing some simple "desk-ercizes" while on the train or once you arrive at your office. Try a series of calf raises: Stand and slowly lift and lower your heels.
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