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How to Green Your Commute

Apr 01, 2016
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Melissa Hincha-Ownby

How to green your commute 

April 1st may be best known as April Fool’s Day, but it is also National Walk to Work Day in the United States. Instead of setting aside a single day for walking to work, why not dedicate the entire month of April to this and other earth and body-friendly commuting activities? Walking to work is not only good for you, but for our environment as less carbon-emitting vehicles hit the road. Unfortunately, not everyone lives in a truly walkable community, but there are ways that everyone can take advantage of the benefits of greening your commute to work.

Plan your route
For some people, the walk to work is easy and direct. A good walkable distance is generally within 3 miles or so. For others it will be much more difficult, especially if you live in the suburbs. If your workplace isn’t a walkable distance, try combining walking with public transportation. While you aren’t technically walking to work, your attempt certainly fits within the spirit of the day.

Bicycling to work
Bicycling to work isn’t just for avid cyclists, as many live within a comfortable biking distance to their jobsite. Biking is a great alternative to walking as it keeps the spirit of the day, namely exercise. If you need more convincing, check out these ten benefits of biking to work.

Comfortable clothing and shoes
Don’t even think about walking or biking to work without comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing! Depending on the temperature in your area, consider bringing a change of clothes. If the weather is nice, all you need to do is pair your sneakers with your standard work outfit.

The goal of National Walk to Work Day is to encourage exercise, but how great would it be if we dedicate the entire month to this concept. It might just be the jump-start for many to embark on a new healthy lifestyle plan. As an added bonus, anything you can do to put fewer cars on the road is better for the environment.

Do you ever walk to work?

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