May 2018 is National Walking Month! Taking part is as easy as putting on some decent shoes in the morning and walking past the tube station instead of into it. Now that we’ve got bright mornings and evenings walking is a great way to increase your intake of vitamin D and inject a little bit more outdoor-time into your urban commute.

Besides helping to boost your vitamin D by getting access to that rarest of resources in central London (sunlight), walking to work has a bunch of other benefits:

  1. Get fit – walking is a good way to start off a journey into fitness. Nowadays very few of us take enough exercise so integrating a bit of movement into your commute will help you fix that without thinking about it. If the idea of hopping on a bike and braving London roads sounds like the plot of a particularly nasty horror film then walking might be the right option for you!
  2. Get happy – taking a little exercise in the morning is great for your mood and can help you keep upbeat and productive throughout the day. You’ll also immediately notice the difference in your mood compared to days that begin with your face in someone’s armpit on the tube.
  3. Get smart – take advantage of your slightly longer commute by listening to a podcast about current affairs, culture, or whatever you’re into. Most smartphones have an inbuilt app for these.
  4. Get green – walking (unsurprisingly) is carbon neutral, so compared to the bus, the tube, or (god forbid) the car, walking (or cycling) is the greenest way to get around.
  5. Get RICH – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much money you save on transport. It could be over £1,000 a year for some people if you really go for it and walk in and out each day!

Well, you get the picture! Walking is great. So do it! And it doesn’t have to just be in your commute – take advantage of long sunny days at the weekend to walk around Epping forest, Hampstead Heath, or any of the many other delightful green spaces available to London-dwellers.

 

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Cormac Cleary

Cormac Cleary

Sustainable Food Assistant at University of Westminster and Aramark
Cormac Cleary

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