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7 Ways to Stay Healthy on Public Transportation

Go to the Front or Back End of the System, Where Fewer People Sit

While riding on public transportation systems, most people tend to sit in the middle portion. Fewer people means fewer germs to come in contact with, so avoid the middle where commuters are clumped together like sardines as often as possible. Seat placement is also important. Window seats and sitting next to a friend can provide a slight barrier from the coughers and talkers.

Get a Massage After Your Trip

Many studies indicate that massage can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate, and guess what, it can also give a cold the old one-two punch. Massage helps keep you healthy after you have been on a public transportation system by decreasing the levels of cortisol in the blood. Cortisol is a natural hormone that is triggered by stress and has been known to destroy the bodies natural killer cells, leaving the bodies defense system weak. It doesn’t even have to be a professional rub down to achieve positive results, so go ahead and call in a favor from a loved one if you have to.

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4:28AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Two silly articles on making us germ free. We all need a good reminder about washing our hands often and looking out for areas of particular danger. However using those waterless cleaners too frequently damages the normal flora on the skin of humans that helps keep the more dangerous ones at bay. Human beings were never meant to be germ free. Our immune system needs mild challenges to keep active and protective. Your articles suggest that the environment is so dangerous that we have to rub our skin with alcohol after every single action we do outside and inside the home. That is overkill and its hard to believe we would thrive in a germ free environment. These articles should have shown more balance.

9:25AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

I thought this article, while needing some editing ( plain is not a form of transport) is far superior to the linked "Germiest Places" article from Prevention.
Planet Green did a fine job reminding people of not-so- common sense.
Wash your hands, live a health-supporting lifestyle and get yourself some room to breathe, and wash up with plain ( on the plane?) soap and water for 20 seconds.
Yes, it is traveller oriented more so than obligate bus rider, but it all applies.

8:26AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

We must be careful not to go overboard about germs. Some sources say that hand sanitizers are hazardous. Some sources say that all the chemicals that end in 'yl' are poisionous. Am looking at a small (1.1 fl oz) bottle of shampoo/cond from up scale hotel--it has 11 ingredients that have 'yl' in the name of the ingredient. KISS-Keep it simple, silly.

7:43AM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

This article is silly. Not for people using transit every day.

9:49AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Only if everyone use oral hygene before being on a bus. Some can be pretty rank smelling, lol

2:28PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011


1:53PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Great tips, thanks! I agree with KayL. ..public transportation is a great way to relax and do other things while traveling.

7:02AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Thanks for the information.

5:55AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Thanks. Interesting article.

5:49PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

I remember the old Greyhound Bus ads, "Take the bus and leave the driving to us." I thought it was great advice then and still is. When I travel by public transit, I arrive far more rested, alert and stress-free than if I had driven the distance, and that in itself is the biggest health benefit, IMHO. I also accomplish a lot more travelling by public transit. On long hauls, I usually catch up on my sleep. And on short daily commutes, I catch up with my reading, knit and even write letters and work on my latest stories. If I was driving all I'd be doing was clenching my muscles and losing my temper at the traffic.

Secondly, personally, I doubt there are more germs on buses and other public transit than there are in any other public places, such as movie theatres, offices, schools, etc.

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