Why Actively Commute?
Most people travel to / from work using motorized transportation. For some commuters it may be possible to use AT for part or all of their commute. There are numerous benefits to active commuting, and they all start with thinking outside the car!1,2
According to Canada's 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, adults should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in order to achieve health benefits. However, finding time to fit physical activity into their day can be a challenge for many. The good news is that active commuting can help by building physical activity into a daily routine rather than trying to find time to fit it in.
Driving less can also lead to personal cost savings which is good for personal economic health.
Thinking outside the car and actively commuting also provides environmental benefits:
- Air quality is improved;
- Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced; and,
- There is less traffic congestion on the roads.
Public Health Nurse Bernie McCall shares her experience biking 7km to work. With a bit a planning, you can bike to work too.