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Health and Fitness Tip of the Week: Walking/Cycling to Work – Get your day started off on the right foot!

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Assuming the distance between your home and work is not too great, there are a multitude of reasons you should consider walking or cycling to work! Here are just a few:

Improve your fitness
Walking and cycling are great forms of cardiovascular exercise, particularly if you go fast enough to raise your heart rate and breathing. In fact, power walking (walking as a brisk pace) can burn the same amount of calories as jogging so, not only can it improve your fitness, you can also burn calories and lose weight at the same time!

Lower stress levels
Research has discovered that walking or cycling to work can even help us feel less stressed. The University of East Anglia found that people who used to use public transport to commute, felt better able to concentrate and under less strain when walking or cycling to work.

Save money
It is surprising just how much money you can save by walking or cycling to work. Money spent on fuel, car parking or public transport soon adds up, even on short journeys. Think of all the little things you can spend that extra cash on!

Reduce environmental pollution
Air pollution caused by cars is a serious and real problem, every time you make a journey in your car you are damaging the environment. Many of our work commutes are made even worse by traffic jams and slow moving traffic during rush hour, meaning your car could be running for far longer than it would normally have to for the same journey. You can help make a difference to the world around you by leaving your car at home!

Arrive at work wide awake and ready to face the day!

Instead of turning up to work stressed by traffic delays, parking nightmares or delayed busses, you could arrive  energised, rosy-faced and full of the joys of spring – even on a rainy winter day (just remember to pack your rain coat)!

With all these benefits just waiting to be taken advantage of, what have you got to lose? Ditch those car keys and get moving!

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