The morning commute doesn’t generally bring to mind words like ‘relaxing’ or ‘healthy’. For many of us, it involves sitting in lines of traffic, or hiding underneath someone’s armpit on the bus. If you’re lucky, there’s coffee involved. If you’re not, by the time you reach your office it feels like half the day is already over.
Why not consider slipping on your running shoes instead, and hitting the great outdoors for a walk to work? This time of year is perfect strolling weather: bright, crisp spring mornings, and mild sunsets at the end of the day.
Here are our top five reasons to pound the pavement to work tomorrow.
1. Boost your fitness
Health experts recommend 10,000 steps a day for the average, healthy adult. A brisk, 30 minute walk to work should get you there – using a wearable device like a Fitbit is a great way to keep track of your steps during the day. You will be walking towards stronger lungs, healthy blood flow, and a happy heart.
2. Strengthen your body
Sitting down all day, particularly in folded or cramped positions, can cause a variety of muscular problems. Stretching out your body on a walk to and from work gets all of your tired muscles moving and strong, as well as improving your step balance and general body awareness – both of which can be lost by leading too much of a sedentary lifestyle.
3. Clear your head
Switching off from television, phone, email, Facebook, and all the other things that consume our lives before entering a work mindset is a good start to the day. Clear your mind, and gather your thoughts. The same goes for the other end of the day, too – don’t take your work stress home with you.
4. Save money
From petrol prices to car parking, public transport costs to taxis, getting to work can begin to add up when you consider how much it costs week to week. Walking is free – so you can splurge on that nice coffee when you get there!
5. Do your bit for the environment
One less car on our roads is a good thing. Australia is a beautiful country, with all of our urban centres spending significant amounts each year to ensure our parks and city landscapes are clean and enjoyable. So why not get out there and enjoy it?
We dare you to walk to work once a week for the next month – track your steps with your Fitbit, and you’ll be amazed how much exercise you’re really getting.