Commuting on Foot
Walking to work is a great way to save money and keep fit at the same time.
If you live close to where you work try walking instead of using you car. It’s by far the most sustainable way to travel to work and a healthy, accessible and free alternative to the car for short trips.
Why walk to work?
It's free - you don’t need any specialist equipment, just a comfortable pair of shoes or boots and a rain coat. If you currently drive to work you can save yourself money on fuel and parking by walking.
It's easy - you don’t need to learn any new skills or pass any tests, just work out your route and how long it will take and you’re ready.
Walking is a reliable way of getting to work. You’re not going to find yourself stuck in a traffic jam getting stressed because you’re going to be late.
Walking to work helps you to connect with your local community. When you walk to work you have the opportunity to see what’s going on around you rather than ‘whizzing’ past in your car.
Walking to work regularly can help you achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines on weekly levels of physical activity. The guidelines recommend that adults (19-64 years) should aim to be active daily and over a week should do at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of moderate intensity activity (such as brisk walking) in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
Walking is great for your health
- It reduces the chance of you developing a range of diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
- It helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
- It improves you self-esteem.
- It reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- It improves the quality of your sleep and is energising.
- Last but not least walking to work can make you feel good.