7 Things That Will Make You Want to Walk to Work

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Published: Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:00 PM

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Live close enough to walk to work? Want some motivation to make it happen? Check out these 7 little tips to get you off on the right foot.

  1. Predictability. Once you walk your route for the first time, you can relax and rely on the journey taking that same amount of time every day. No more stress due to getting stuck in traffic five minutes before your morning meeting.
  2. A little time to yourself. Turn off your phone, listen to your favorite song or the birds in the trees and enjoy some alone time before you get to work. Then at the end of the day, you can use your relaxing walk home to unwind and let go of the day’s stresses.
  3. It’s free. Cars require gas, even bikes require some parts and maintenance, but your feet are free. Start walking to work to save money, and get a free workout while you’re at it.
  4. Transition time. Motorized forms of transportation are often so quick that we don’t have time to transition from one part of our day to the next. A 30 minute walk gives us the time to transition from breakfast to the board room or from the desk to dinner. With a little time between events our brain is allowed to clear and we can be ready for our next destination. 
  5. Time to catch up. If you absolutely need to be productive during your walk, use the time to catch up. Call a relative or friend – they’ll love it, or listen to your favorite podcasts or news programs. You have nothing to be distracted by, so you can really listen.
  6. Discover your neighborhood/city. See a cool market you’ve never been in? Check it out. Notice new neighbors moving in? Stop and say hi. On your feet you are free to stop and go as you please without parking, paying or locking up. You can use that opportunity to discover new people and places in your area.
  7. Health benefits. We all know adding a few more steps into our day is a healthy habit. But let me break it down for you: walking to work could lower your amount of body fat, improve your mood, reduce fatigue and prevent obesity, and more. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, which is only five 30 minute walks! Get your daily exercise in before you even get to work.

Why not take a few extra minutes per day to see what a walk to work can do for you?

Need some extra motivation to try biking to work?  Then sign up for the 2014 Commuter Challenge at letsmakeamove.org!