Department of Health & Human Services
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8 Ways to Sneak Exercise into your Commute

Finding the time and motivation to exercise on work or school days can be tricky, so why not slip it into your commute – it might even save you money!

Even if you don’t live close to work or your children’s school, you can still incorporate walking, cycling or jogging into your travel time.

Here are LiveLighter’s top tips for turning your journey into an active one:

If work/school is not too far from home:

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  1. Walk, cycle or jog to work: Always choose the safest route and if you’re cycling, make sure you understand the road rules and get your bike road ready.
  2. Get others involved: Invite others in your work or school community to join you – chances are there are others who travel by bike or foot. Travel together or share tips on routes and other practicalities.
  3. Join or start a Walking School Bus: They’re a fun way for local children to walk to school together regularly thanks to adult volunteers, usually parents, who take turns to walk with the group.

If you can’t walk/ride the whole way:

  1. Take public transport: You’ll probably get more steps on your public transport commute than if you drove because you have to walk to and from the station or stop.
  2. Get off the bus, train or tram a few stops early and walk the rest of the way.
  3. Cycle and ride: many train stations have secure bike storage so you can ride your bike to a train station and lock your bike up, then jump on the train.
  4. Park your car a few blocks from work or school and walk the rest. For after school pick-up, select a location to park that your children can safely walk to. It may even avoid slow traffic.
  5. If you can’t be active on your commute, head to a playground, park or swimming pool on your way to or from school for some exercise.

Slipping some regular physical activity into your commute is a healthy way to start or end your day. If you can’t do it every day, even just starting with one day a week will increase your physical activity levels. It’s also positive for your children as it can increase their road awareness and experience and help them develop healthy habits later in life.

For more info, see LiveLighter’s tips for getting started in active travel to school.

activeapril-livelighter-logoLiveLighter is a public health education campaign delivered by the Cancer Council Victoria and Heart Foundation. LiveLighter encourages Victorians to lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink, and being more active.

For more healthy tips, recipes, tools and resources, visit the Live Lighter website or follow LiveLighter on Facebook.

Last updated: March 3, 2017 at: 1:47 pm

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