Ir de bicicleta para trabalho 'melhora bem-estar'

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Walking or cycling to work instead of driving a car can improve people's feelings of health and happiness. That's what a study at the University of East Anglia in the UK suggests.

Reporter:Adam Brimelow

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For many people commuting is a necessary evil. Most see going by car or van as the 'least worst' option. This study by the researchers at the University of East Anglia challenges that assumption.

It suggests walking, cycling or travelling by public transport can lift the mood. Crucially, it suggests those who switch from the car to an active commute feel better across a range of psychological measures, including concentration, decision making and the ability to face up to problems.

The researchers say policies encouraging people to leave their cars at home could have a dramatic impact on public wellbeing.

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a necessary evil something you don't like or enjoy but have to accept

assumption something considered to be true, though there is no proof

lift the mood make happier

to face up to to accept or deal with

dramatic sudden and easy to notice

wellbeing the state of feeling healthy, happy and having enough money

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