If you make a list of everything you do on a daily basis that isn’t really very healthy, you will probably find that lots of them are a part of going to work or school every day. Here are some of the ways you can start making your daily commute a healthier one.
Cut out the snacks
If you have quite a distance to walk, you might be tempted to snack on the way there in order to pass the time and make it more exciting. This is particularly true at the end of the day after you have finished work and you can’t wait to get home for dinner.
Rather than getting the bus to right outside where you need to be, get off just one stop further away and make the longer walk in. Sometimes this might only be a hundred steps or so, but over the course of a week, you’ll burn some extra calories. You can increase this over time to two stops or three stops.
Take the stairs
When you arrive at your place of work or study, take the stairs rather than getting in the elevator or using the escalators. Going up the stairs is one of the best ways to burn extra calories, and if you have been snacking on the journey there, you won’t feel as guilty.
Cut out the morning coffee
It’s not so much the coffee that’s bad for you, but most of us fill the cup with milk and add some sugar too for extra flavor. When you commute to work in the morning, try to give up the morning coffee and substitute it with green tea or water.
Eat breakfast at home
Try to wake up early enough to eat breakfast before you leave the house. Failing to eat breakfast at home could mean that you skip breakfast for the whole day, or it could mean that you grab something unhealthy on the way because you need to eat.
Cycle to work
Rather than driving in or taking public transport, buy a bike and cycle to work. Not only are there some great schemes from certain employers where they will help you financially to purchase a bike, but it’s better for the environment (and your health) too.
Get off your phone
Taking some time to breathe in the fresh air and not use your phone for a little while can have some great benefits for your mental health. Challenge yourself not to use your phone while going to work for an entire week.