Driving to work can be a rare moment of alone-time for most people. You can listen to your favourite song or audiobook and shut the world out. But what if you could indulge in this peace and quiet, before the working day, while also improving your health and fitness?

Opting to cycle or walk (where possible) is an easy way to get your blood pumping at the start of the day, and is also beneficial for the environment. Here are a couple of reasons why you may want to re-think your driving commute:

– One of the most common barriers to exercise is a lack of time. If you are an office worker, you are most likely to spend a lot of time sitting, and driving only adds to this. Walking or cycling to work is an easy win for increasing your activity through the day.

– Driving commutes bring all kinds of stress: anxiety from traffic and other road users, exposure to harmful toxins from recycled air vents, plus backache and tight hips from sitting in one position for long periods.

– Walking or using public transport gives you time to focus and prepare for the day ahead. You can use this time to read, listen to podcasts, or to journal – whatever helps set you up for a more productive day.

– You can learn to manage your time better. When you have to account for commute time, rather than jumping into your car last minute, time management is a bigger priority. You are less likely to rush, causing stress and anxiety before your day has even started.

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