Monday, January 14, 2013

The Latest Trend: The Active Commute

The Latest Trend: The Active Commute

Can’t seem to find the time to work out?  Join the club!  The club of “active commuters.”  Big cities like New York and London have long provided pleasant walking and easy access to mass transit.  But even those of us in suburbia can get in on this trend:
- Park your car at the far end of your parking area.  An extra block each way can total up over a year to over 52 miles!   And if you walk briskly to the door—even better!  And when you get to your building, start with one set of stairs and work your way up!
 One way commutes.  If you live within 3-5 miles of home, can you get a ride in to work and walk home?  Or could you take the bus or car pool home, but get off a few miles before your usual stop?  If you walk home 3 times a week for 3 miles, that could total 468 miles!
- Research by Ms. Gordon-Larsen, published two years ago in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that active commuters had lower blood pressure, body mass and triglyceride levels (fat in the blood). 
- Tips from active commuters include biking to work, keeping good walking shoes at work, using a backpack when walking, listening to music or podcasts during commute time, and keeping a basic suit jacket or sweater at work. 
- Active Commuting Clothing?  Anything goes, but layering is the best.  Junonia QuikWik items are great! Remember a cap to keep the sun out of your eyes, a waterbottle, sun screen and sun glasses.
 There is something magical about taking the time to buffer yourself between work and home with a walk.  It’s a real stress-buster!
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