Time to ditch the car! Time for Active Travel

Ditch That CarI am now getting towards two years where i have been mostly walking to and from work, its a journey of just over two miles. And a couple of months ago we to a building with changing and shower facilities which resulted in me starting to occasionally run to and from work as well as fitting in the odd lunch time session.

Now not everyone has access to such facilities, i am very lucky in that sense but if you live around 2 miles from work and your a keen runner. Why not walk to work ? You have all the water proofs you need for you running life, which can easily be used for walking and if you don’t want to walk all the way, why not walk and bus your journey ?

As well as the obviously financial savings, which can then be invested into running related paraphernalia and doing good towards the environment walking is great exercise.  It has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. Walking at a moderate pace of three miles/hour (five km/hour) expends sufficient energy to meet the WHOs definition of moderate intensity physical activity. Also you wont need shower facilities if all your doing is walking to and from work. walking burnsSimilarly even without showers, if your place of work is within five miles of your home and you have a bike, that’s an easy gentle cycle in.

In regards to the running commute, again even if your place of work does not have showers. If you live close enough to it, to walk in. You could run home after work, taking in your lunch for the following day and your running gear makes this a much easier to achieve in my experience and means you’ve less to carry in your run bag. Now that run doesn’t have to be straight home, it can be your long midweek run or an easy five miler, it can be what ever kind of run you want.

If you don’t have the faculties i have, live over two miles from work, but work for a large organistion, why not get the other cyclists and runners in your place of work to come together and request the introduction of shower and locker faculties for staff. After all studies have shown that there are benefits to employers of promoting active travel schemes include: increased productivity, a reduction in sick leave, improved public image as a result of lowering the workplace’s carbon footprint, and savings in providing car parking facilities

Waking to and from work on just a two mile journey adds an addition 20 miles of exercise and will only take you between 30-40 minutes depending on how fast you walk. Best set off early the first time you try this, to be on the safe size. Cycling wise, you could easily cover up to five miles each way in no time and gain 50 miles of additional exercise each week on top of your running.

So two easy cost affective ways of adding additional training to your week.

If your go for the third option of the running commute, even if its just a run home, once a week. Your find your gain additional time in your life, as you completely cut out the time spent traveling home, giving you more time to do whatever it is you do in the evening.

So come on get active, go for active travel!!

p.s walking to and from work, is so much nicer than driving!

Related links

NHS – Walking for Health

The contribution of walking to work to adult physical activity levels: a cross sectional study

runningtowork.co.uk

Runners World -The Run Commute

cyclescheme.co.uk – discounts on bikes!!

@SJPC14

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