50 Ways to Stay Well #16 – Active Commuting

May! Warm weather and sunny days at last. Why not take advantage of the great weather and bike or walk to work? In a Statistics Canada 2011 survey on commuting they found only 5.7% of commuters walk and 1.3% cycle to work. It makes sense, who wants to bike or walk to work in -15C or in 100km/hr winds? But this summer is a GREAT time to make a commitment to actively commute to work at least one day each week!

I toy around with active commuting myself. Considering I live about 40km from work I play with the idea all time but have yet to just commit and bust out my old bike and give it a try.

An active commute can make a big contribution to your health.

MIND 

Walking or bicycling for all or part of your commute has substantial mental benefits. A 2014 study that looked at psychological well-being among 18,000 British adults found that those who walked, biked, or took transit had a greater sense of well-being than those who drove.

BODY

Research shows that every additional hour per day you spend driving puts you at 6% greater risk of obesity, while every hour you spend walking reduces that risk by 4.8%.

RESOURCES

ARTICLES

BikeBridge Cycling Association Want to Be Happier? Try Walking Even Part of the Way to Work
Ascent Cycle Energize Your Work Day with an Active Commute
City of Lethbridge Pathway Maps                                     7 Essential Bike Commuting Tips

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