Walking to WorkWalking to Work

Walking to work can help you start the day feeling relaxed and keep you healthy at the same time. Here's how to get started:

How far away is my work?

You can figure out the distance between your home and your office by using Google Maps Pedometer. If you zoom in and double click your path, you can find out the distance as well as how many calories you'll burn. The average person can walk a quarter mile in five minutes. So even if you live 1.5 miles away, you could be at work in 30 minutes.

Tips for walking to work:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Trust us, you do not want to wear those high heels if you're walking to work. Leave the pretty shoes at work the day before or carry them with you. If you are walking a longer distance or if it's hot, wear a cotton t-shirt to walk in and then change into work clothes when you reach the office.
  • Carry your belongings in a comfortable bag or backpack or consider keeping some personal items at work.
  • Be prepared for bad weather. If the forecast calls for rain, wear proper clothing, such as rain pants, raincoat, and hat. Keep an umbrella in your bag.
  • Purchase a pedometer.  Pedometers are cheap and available at most sporting goods outlets.  You will be amazed at how far you walk when you start to keep track.  10,000 steps a day is recommended.

Combine your trip with other transportation modes

Here's another secret: you don't have to walk the entire way. For instance:

  • If you find yourself pressed for time, you could use transit or share a ride in the morning, and walk home or out to meet friends in the evening.

  • If your work is further than you care to walk, you can organize your commute around transit and still have plenty of flexibility to walk at either end of the journey.

  • If you feel you must drive, try parking a short distance from work or just outside of the business district.  You can walk a short way and maybe save a bit on parking.

Other ways to make walking part of your workday

  • Walk to lunch or walk some errands in the middle of the day.

  • Walk your kids to school before you go to work.

  • Walk to meetings where possible. Walking will help you relax when you get there.
  • Have a walking meeting. Why not walk and talk at the same time? You will be amazed at how ideas bloom when you break out of the conference room!