Even though managing our time inside and out of the workplace is already difficult enough, our health should always be made a priority. The poor physical condition usually results in poor performance. All employers want a healthy employee, and ditching your car (every now and then) might just help with that.
Commuting to work sets a fine line and separates work from your private life outside of it. Unless you’re a freelancer or a home-based worker, this doesn’t apply to you.
A University of East Anglia study has revealed that passengers who took public transportation were happier. Compared to the individuals who drove daily, they have lower rates of discontent and insomnia. In short, active commuters benefit and have more improved well-being than those who continuously drove to work.
1. Effortlessly Squeeze In a Workout
The walk from your doorstep to the bus stop alone probably gives you a chance to burn an X amount of calories. Compare that to the few steps you take towards your garage to get to your car.
If the weather permits, biking to work is also a good alternative to driving. Make up for those dormant hours sitting in front of a computer by cycling and stretching out those muscles before your shift. Many cities have bikes lanes ready for those commuting to work, as well as bike-sharing services. Take advantage of them.
2. Soak Up the Sunlight
For those who are just a walking distance from the office, soaking up some much-needed vitamin D should be easy. Prolonged hours and overtime in the office can lead to cases of sick building syndrome. Just because you’re indoors, it doesn’t mean you’ll be immune to bugs and illnesses.
Sun tanning, according to the American Cancer Society, should be done before sun peaks at 10 am and after 4 p.m.
3. Flaunt Your Work Fashion
Fashionistas finally have an excuse to add a little more spring to their step when commuting to work. Although we’re not obligated to dress up for anyone else ourselves, having people take notice, appreciate and compliment us is still an instant mood booster. Just make sure your outfits are appropriate for work and won’t draw any unusual attention.
4. Take the Time to Enjoy the Views
Plus, leaving your car behind is good for the environment since you’re reducing the carbon gas polluting the air. Considering Uber, taxi rates and bus fares aren’t soaring, you cut down on gas money, and do your part in saving the Earth.
It doesn’t matter if you’re walking, carpooling, commuting by bus or biking. Choose to take a longer or alternative route, so there’s something new to see and discover. Rather than going through a monotonous bus ride regularly, give yourself a visual treat every now and then.
5. You Get Your Much Needed Alone Time
During those quiet moments in the bus or train, you get time to yourself, to ponder about things you can’t usually accomplish and think of when driving.
Dr. Bissell from the Australian National University shares that “Public transport can be an especially valuable space for being with other people. It can help prevent social isolation…Time spent commuting also had the ability to shape people’s attitudes and opinions about the world, because encounters with other people could be joyful or saddening.”
Rather than feeling vulnerable and distrust around everyone you cross paths with, be open to the idea of making new friends during your daily commute.
Getting your blood flowing and heart pumping early in the morning is definitely a good start to ANY workday. We cannot always assure that your commute will go smoothly daily, but the inevitability is part of the fun. Cars are already dropping in sales, and there’s no denying that ride-sharing services are playing a big role.
Here’s to no longer feeling guilty about being physically inactive during work hours. Plus points to companies that have their own gym and wellness programs or centres! Don’t forget to put yourself first; take time to unwind, too.