|Put your best foot forward...walk to work and spare the road!
If you live one to three miles from your worksite, you should consider walking to work. There's no need to hassle with your car -- fighting traffic, polluting the environment, struggling to find a parking place -- and you have the benefit of a stress-free trip as well as the exercise to stay fit and healthy.
If you can, find a walking partner -- be it a neighbor or co-worker that lives near you. You can enjoy coming to work knowing traffic hasn't added stress to your day and, more importantly, you will be contributing to controlling the pollution where you live and work.
There are good reasons to walk to work. Walking is easier on your pocket book than other forms of transportation. And it’s a win-win situation for the environment and your health. If you live too far away to walk, you can also get the same benefits by using public transit or carpooling for part of the way.
The top five reasons to walk to work are:
- It saves gas and money. Gas now tops $3.00 a gallon in the US and is even more expensive in many other industrialized countries. Let's do the math. Walking two miles each way to work five days a week adds up to twenty miles per week. The typical sedan gets twenty miles to the gallon, so for you to travel to work will use about a gallon of gas, or about $3.00. Over a year walking to work for 50 weeks will save about 50 gallons of gas or $150.00. In an economy where every penny counts, that’s significant!
- It reduces greenhouse emissions. The typical gas guzzler that burns 50 gallons of gas driving you to work would also pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Walking to work contributes to the fight against global warming.
- It's good exercise. Walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise. You can get your exercise during your commute to work. Walking is an awesome way to get in the recommended 10,000 steps a day – an absolute must towards cardiovascular health.
- Walking helps you lose weight. A four mile round trip walk commuting five days a week, if at a good pace, will burn an extra 2,000 calories a week. If you don't increase your eating, you can lose a little over a half pound a week. Or if you don't need to lose weight, you can go ahead and have that extra snack without the guilt.
- It might be faster than driving. In many major cities, traffic gridlock is so bad that freeways are often at a standstill. You might actually be able to walk faster.
The County offers a Steps to Success Program aimed at improving your fitness level while adding a fun activity to your daily routine. The miles walked during your commute to work count towards meeting monthly challenges that equate to other great incentives for eligible employees.
Visit Steps to Success for additional information on the County's Steps to Success program.
For additional information about the County’s Walk to Work program, contact Commuter Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 387-9640.