Live in a big city and don’t have the space or patience for a car?
Looking for a way to have a positive impact on the environment? Or maybe you just want to look for a way to get your steps in and lose a little weight? Choosing a walking commute instead of driving a car or taking the train is a great choice!
You can walk to work, you can walk to meet up with friends, and you can walk to run some errands. Although it is easier to walk in densely populated cities, even those in more spread-out areas can walk to the gas station, a local restaurant, or the nearest post office box to drop off your mail.
Have a long walk ahead of you and you’re worried about how uncomfortable it might be? Follow these tips to make it more comfortable!
Follow Traffic Laws
One of the most important things you can do is know the traffic laws where you live and follow them. The number of pedestrian deaths in America has been increasing each year for several years in a row. You can decrease your chances of getting hit by a car during your commute by following the rules of the road.
That includes crossing at crosswalks and only crossing when it is indicated safe by a crosswalk sign or a green light. When crossing at a stop sign, look both ways before you cross, and avoid using your cell phone while you’re walking as it can be extremely distracting.
The weather you have to deal with first thing in the morning is often different than the weather you’ll deal with later in the day. Whether it’s cold, rainy, or hot, it’s a good idea to wear layers.
- Wear a sweatshirt in the morning that can be taken off when it warms up
- Bring an umbrella or wear a raincoat if rain is in the forecast
- Wear a hat to protect your skin if you have a long walk in the sun
- Wear long underwear if you’re walking in the winter
Don’t forget to add a backpack to your layers! It is the most comfortable way to carry important items, and it makes running errands a breeze.
Bring a Change of Shoes
Meeting up with your friends for drinks? Or maybe you have a dress code that you need to follow at work? Don’t torture yourself and walk in heels or dress shoes because that’s what you need to wear when you get to your destination. Wear a more comfortable pair of walking shoes and pack your fancier shoes in your bag. That way, you can change in the bathroom when you get there.
Get to Your Destination Early
Walking is a workout. If you’re walking fast, if the temperature is warm, or if you have a long way to go, you’re probably going to end up a little sweaty. That’s why it’s a good idea to leave with plenty of time to get to your destination early.
With a few extra minutes, you can spruce up in the bathroom. That might include using towels to wipe away sweat, reapplying deodorant, and zhooshing up your hair. You may also want to consider bringing a change of clothes. That way, you can wear a moisture-wicking shirt during your commute and change when you get there.
Getting to your destination early has another benefit—it gives you a chance to catch your breath! That way, you aren’t huffing and puffing when you get to the office or that social event.
It is extremely important to bring water with you when you decide to walk wherever you’re going. Starting your day or evening dehydrated will only make you tired, grouchy, and it can leave you with a headache.
A reusable water bottle is the best way to make sure you can take a sip of water whenever you need it, but if you aren’t able to bring along your own water for whatever reason, at least know where you can get a drink on the way. Even if it means making a pit stop at a shopping center to drink from a drinking fountain.
Walking to your destination is a great way to burn calories and do your part to save the environment. It can save you money on vehicle maintenance too! Just make sure you follow these tips to make your commute as comfortable as possible.