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5 Health Benefits of Living Where You Work

October 26, 2019

In a city like San Francisco, commute times range drastically from a five-minute walk to two hours each way on the freeway, playing a huge role in one’s mental and physical well-being. But at The Harrison, situated in SoMa just moments from the nation’s largest tech companies, many of our residents reap the benefits of one of the city’s shortest commutes. Here are some of the top health and wellness benefits of living close to your work.

1. You’ll retain control over your morning routine.

No matter how early you get up, there’s only so much you can do when factoring in a long commute ahead. When you live close enough to work, your morning isn’t ruled by traffic conditions. You can use the extra hour or two saved (by not commuting) to cook breakfast, go get coffee, meditate, read a book or even sleep in a little longer.

2. You’ll (probably) arrive at the office less stressed.

Walk into any office building at nine a.m., and you could easily tell who had the traffic-ridden commute and who just popped on over. When arriving at the office, commuters run the risk of already having had a bad day, while non-commuters have the advantage of starting their workday with a clean slate.

3. You’ll contribute to less pollution.

Do something good for yourself, your neighbors and the environment by living closer to where you work. You’ll be in the car less every day—or, if you’re lucky, not at all—thus, contributing to less pollution. A little goes a long way!

4. You’ll discover the meaning of work-life balance. 

If you work a 9-to-5 job and your commute is an hour each way, you might as well be working an 8-to-6 job. And that’s assuming you show up and leave on time. A shorter commute means you can start winding down in the evenings that much sooner, freeing up more time to live your best life.

5. You’ll decrease your chances of being in a car accident.

So, you’re a great driver, but you can’t account for everyone else on the road. Add in distractions, stress built up over the course of the workday and driving becomes even riskier. Cut out this unnecessary risk by minimizing (or eliminating) your time in the car.

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