By, Andrea Hughes, Discovery Learning Sales Team
They say that people who live in the city walk 2 miles a day. I don’t know who ‘they’ are, but judging by the amount of bus stops in this city, I’d say most people walk substantially less than that. And with rain falling about 300 days a year, I know I don’t always feel motivated to ruin my hair by hoofing it.
Nevertheless, it’s spring! And the snow is melting and the sun is (sometimes) shining! So, being one of the lucky ones who lives close enough, I’ve decided to start walking to work. In this endeavour, I have joined the cool club of wearing trainers with office clothes. Not everyone can pull off this look; in fact, no-one can! But, hey, I’m being responsible to my feet by wearing proper shoes whilst walking. So I switch on my iPod and go!
Despite having to dodge bin bags and certain dog-made obstacles, I really like the walk to work. It’s relaxing to have those 32 minutes to myself without having to push onto a crowded bus or tube and smell someone else’s, um, odours. It’s also great because walking at a brisk pace both to and from work gives me more than an hour of cardio a day—not to mention saving me £2.40 in bus fare!
I walk 32 minutes to work each way so, if I’m walking about 4 miles an hour (a 15-minute mile) then I’m burning about 350 calories a day just on my walk to work. And according to the NHS, walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) can improve your heart’s health and reduce body fat. I know 10,000 sounds like a lot, but I get about 9,000 just in my travels to work and that’s only an hour of walking; so think about how much more you walk around each day—in the office, around the house, etc.
If you’re lucky enough to live close enough to work then why not enjoy it by walking there? You’ll also be able to make your friends jealous by bragging about being so close to work that you can walk.
I highly recommend walking because it’s my favourite kind of exercise—the kind where it doesn’t feel like you’re working out! It’s great for you or your clients who might not be prone to going to the gym 5 days a week.
It might not be as intensive as a personal training course, but it works for me for now and it’s a great way to enjoy the weather while it lasts!