Exercise is a crucial aspect of our daily lives, yet many of us don’t ever make the effort because we simply don’t have the time. Since we spend around 2 hours per day on average in traffic, this may be the only time some of us get to spend away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.
There are a few simple exercise techniques you can use while in the traffic, on your commute to work, or even while waiting for your bus, train or taxi to arrive, that will help you stay in shape and keep your body as active as possible.
Buy a bike, and bike to work every day. This is best if your commute is 30 minutes or less and you have somewhere to store the bike at work. Judge if this is a good change for you based on how safe the route would be. You don't need an expensive bike, but you should invest in a helmet and reflective tape. Buy a cyclist's hand-signal guide and follow these directions carefully. You may want to buy a backpack or messenger bag that is easy to carry, and bring a change of shoes for work.
Walk to work for one day or two of every week. Map out your route to work, and if it is 5km or less, experiment with walking to work in shoes with good arch supports. You may find this is a great stress reliever after work, giving you time to breathe and exercise after a stressful day.
Park further away from the building. Although this is usually seen as a bad thing, if you are in a safe enough area, park a few hundred meters (or as far as you think appropriate) away from your office, you will get an extra mile of walking into your schedule each day.
Implement exercises while you wait for your ride or bus. Do calf raises, where you lift yourself onto your toes and hold the position for 10 seconds. You can also balance on 1 foot or the other for 30 seconds, and raise yourself up on your toes for the last 10 seconds.
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