Getting There: Walking to Work

Ever thought about walking to work? If you live close, walking is a great driving alternative that will save money on commuting
costs and keep you healthy and happy.

Here are some tips on how to walk to work:

  • Use tools like Google Maps, GPS devices or other resources to plan your walking route as it will probably be different than your driving route.
  • Stick to roads that are well-lit, with good sidewalks and light traffic as much as possible. If you’re walking trip is a long one, be sure others know what you are doing and your route in case anything happens.
  • Leave plenty of travel time so you won’t be late for work. Time your first couple of trips so you can predict how long it takes.
  • Wear proper shoes and clothes on your walk. Your work wear may not be the best choice to walk in especially if it’s longer than a quick 10-15 minute trip. If this is the case, wear athletic shoes and clothes and then carry a change of work clothes with you that you can put on and feel clean and fresh when you start work.
  • Try using a backpack or messenger bag to help prevent backache. The more you carry the more uncomfortable your walk is likely to be, so try and pack light and avoid carrying anything in your hands, which can actually strain many of your joints.
  • Be prepared for the weather. Dressing in layers and wearing a jacket that you can add or remove as temperatures change. Umbrellas are handy in case of sudden downpours and come in small, compact sizes. Hats, sunscreen and sunglass are vital on sunny days.
  • Carry a water bottle or other container with you, especially if your walk will be longer than 30 minutes.
  • Have a backup plan in case of emergencies or other things come up. Become familiar with other options since you won’t have your car, such as the public transportation that is available. Have emergency money stashed for a cab ride or find out if any co-workers, friends or family could give you a ride if needed.

 

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