A 2005 U.S. Census study
found that 87.7% of workers drive to work. Are you one of them? Look at your more active options for getting to and from work. Depending on your proximity to work you might be able to catch a morning and evening workout just on your commute! Walk/run:
If you live close to your workplace, this could be a good option. Plan a safe route with plenty of sidewalks and well lit areas. Also, pack a comfortable bag with extra fluids, weather gear and your work attire to change into when you get there. Bike:
Also a good choice for those within close proximity to their workplace and a bit quicker. My brother used his commute to jump-start his fitness routine by completing his 3.5 mile commute on bike. My boyfriend also stayed fit in college using his bike to sneak in daily exercise to and from school. After graduating and starting a job where he drove, he noticed a significant difference in his overall energy and fitness levels. Public transit:
If you live in an area with accessible public transportation, you may be able to utilize it to also remain less sedentary. Although many stops are very convenient, you will most likely have to walk a bit to your nearest stop and stand to wait, which is more physical activity than driving. Even just a simple 1/2 mile walk to the bus stop would help you burn an extra 80 calories per day! And get you out of the rush hour traffic...
If these seem a little hefty, try one of them one day per week to start out
. The best thing about using your method to and from work for exercise is that it forces you to do it. If you biked to work, then you will have to bike home whether you feel like it or not.
Of course not all of these options are available to everyone. Sometimes you just have to drive. But what about parking a little further
and enjoying a stroll or jog to work?
Once you get to work, do you take the elevator or escalator
? Try the stairs! Remember that famous scene from Rocky where he's running up the stairs for straining? That could be you. You could burn an extra 20-40 calories per day with just one flight of stairs. When I worked on the 12th floor of a building I would challenge myself to see how many flights of stairs I could do and then take the elevator for the rest. Be advised, you might want to go to the water fountain before letting your coworkers see you huffing and puffing!