My new morning commute is powered by my two sexy legs. I feel like it’s cheating because, depending on how fast I’m walking, I burn a good little chunk of calories every day doing something I was going to do anyway – getting to and from work. Because I live in the soaking wet Pacific Northwest, I have often considered just jumping on public transportation and staying dry. But more often than not, I fight the temptation and walk the mile to and from work geared up in rubber boots and a sturdy rain coat.
I consider the walk a supplement to my daily exercise routine. But it is a supplement that provides so many benefits! If my legs are sore from a run or a weight lifting session, the walk helps loosen me up and “shake out” some of the stiffness. The fresh air in the morning gets me mentally geared up for the days’ tasks before even stepping foot into the office. On the walk home, I love having the mile to decompress and wind down. Not to mention, I’m often able to kill two birds with one stone and fit in a few errands in between the office and the home. The extra walk every day makes me feel better about indulging in a glass of red wine, or a naughty little snack because I know that at some point in the day I’ve probably walked it off.
I feel very lucky to have a commute that is manageable by my own two feet. I would encourage anyone living within a short distance to their workplace to consider saving gas money and using their commute as a fitness tool. Training for a triathlon? Bike to work! Running your first marathon? Leave a change of clothes at work the night before, and then run to work the next morning. Not training for an event? It doesn’t matter, just put on your walking boots and start hoofing it!