Could Your Commute Be Healthier? 6 Changes to Consider

At this time of the year, many of us start to think about changes that we could or should make in the New Year. We set goals and resolutions and think about things that we’d like to improve. It’s common for our resolutions to focus on our health. After an overindulgent Christmas, many of us are keen to be healthier in the New Year, and it’s no surprise that the number of new gym memberships taken out usually peaks in January. 

While going to the gym, exercising in other ways, and making changes to our diets are all great ways to be healthier, they aren’t the only ways. Often, one of the best things that you can do is look at your current lifestyle for changes and swaps that you could make. 

One area that you might not have considered, which could actually have a big impact on your health is your commute. If you are sitting in a traffic jam in rush hour or getting stressed out on a busy bus every morning, then your commute could certainly be healthier. Here are some of the changes that you could consider. 

Use Your Time Wisely

Commutes can be stressful. If you spend time sitting in traffic or on busy buses and trains, it’s hardly surprising that you arrive at work or home stressed out and tired. Instead of letting the stress get to you, make some changes. Try listening to a podcast or audiobook if you drive. If you use public transport, read a book, or do a puzzle. 

Get Some Fresh Air

If you are sitting in a warm stuffy car for an hour, chances are you’ll arrive at work tired and annoyed. Over time, you’ll even get dry skin. Try to open a window for a little, when the weather is good or switch to a scooter from for plenty of fresh air and a more fun, less stressful journey.

Walk, Jog or Cycle as Much as You Can

The best way to make your commute healthier is to use it as a chance to get some exercise. If you can’t walk all of the way, at least park further away or get off the bus a few stops earlier. 

Pack Healthy Snacks and Drinks

If you are guilty of grabbing unhealthy vending machine snacks or visiting the coffee shop at the station most days, packing healthy snacks and water could improve your nutrition and save you money. 

Work on Your Posture

Whether you are in the car or on public transport, you might spend a long time on your commute sitting still. If your posture is poor, you could be damaging your spine. Practice exercises to improve your posture to avoid aches and pains. 

Be Social

We’re more likely to feel stressed or battle road rage when we are alone. Finding someone to talk to on the train or buddying up in a car share and make your commute a more sociable and enjoyable time. 

You don’t need to change everything to enjoy a healthier journey, nor do you need to make changes every day. Even swapping the car for a walk once a week could have a big impact on both your physical and mental health.

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