Tune in or tune out, we all have activities we like to do during the morning commute. That 30 minutes to an hour every day gives you time to catch up on your news or get in a little extra snooze. If your favorite activity is nontraditional, like knitting a scarf or catching up on a romance novel on your Kindle, dish in the comments below. Let's hope that what you do on the way to work depends on how you commute, whether it's by train, bus, or car!
With the hefty price of gas these days, National Bike to Work Week couldn't have come at a better time. Biking to work is not only good for the environment because it helps to reduce greenhouse emissions, but you're also raising awareness about the presence of cyclists on the streets. When biking, make sure to exercise caution and use common sense to ensure your safety on the roads. Here are some cycling accessories to keep you safe when transporting yourself from A to B.
Clockwise from top left: Recycled Bicycle Tube Reflective Pant Leg Straps ($17), Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket ($100), Giro Skyla Bike Helmet ($40), Mirrycle Incredibell Brass Duet Bicycle Bell ($10), Planet Bike 3044 Blaze 1-Watt LED Headlight ($36), Sunlite 4 Piece Bicycle Reflector Set ($4), Garmin Edge 800 Wireless Bike Computer ($450), Light & Motion VIS 360 ($169)
Don't walk or bike to work? Then you may think that your time spent on your commute is the least healthy part of your day. And while you may spend hours every day sitting, in your car or on the bus and then at your desk all day, you can still find ways to be active and healthy during your travel time.
Whether your trip to work is a short hop on the light rail or a start-and-stop ride down a congested freeway, you can use the empty time to sneak small healthy acts into your daily routine. Here are five things you can do to be healthy during your commute.
- Do your exercises. Yes, you can work out those muscles during your commute without careening off the road or causing fellow passengers to stare. If you're driving, target and tone with steering wheel isometric exercises, ab work, or glute moves. If you're on the subway or bus, get creative with props like the strap hanger, your briefcase, or your bag to (discreetly) work different areas of your body.
- Walk the distance. It may be convenient to have a bus stop right outside your apartment or a prime parking spot at work, but if you find that you're not moving as much as you want to, start building time into your commute to walk to the next nearest bus stop or to park further away.
Other commuters who work in NYC can empathize; residents in White Plains, NY and Wayne, NJ have the second-longest commute, averaging 36.9 minutes. Those times are much greater than the national average of 25.5 minutes. On the flip side, the shortest commute goes to Grand Forks, ND where workers drive an average 14.3 minutes to work, followed by Cheyenne, WY (14.9 minutes) and Roswell, NM (15.7 minutes).
How long does it take you to get to and from the office?
On my way to work this morning, I noticed that most people I walked by were chatting vigorously on their cell phones. I guess it's their downtime to catch up before walking into the office, but I've always enjoyed silence on my way to work — being alone with my thoughts helps me start the day off on the right foot. But where do you stand on this one? Do you like to chit-chat on your way to work or do you prefer quiet time?
I am a big fan of biking to work. Commuting via bike can seem perilous on busy city streets, but new research show that the more people ride bicycles on city streets, the less likely they are to be injured in traffic accidents. It seems that motorist drive more safely in the presence of cyclists and pedestrians as well. Yay!
This increase in road safety did not help Jim Litz, of Missoula, MT. Biking to work, he "T-boned" a black bear as he crested a hill going 25 mph. Luckily, Litz escaped with minor injuries — a cracked helmet, a bear scratch, and a few bruises. Talk about a crazy commute.
It seems that as the length of the average workday increases, the commute pulls double duty and has transformed into a workout for some of us. Even the folks at Runner's World are promoting the notion of running to work. I would like to hear your stories about your commute and how you pack in exercise as you go to and from your job: bike, run, skate, or walk. Do you stand on the subway to work your core? Any other bear accidents out there? Tell me in the comments section below.
Forty percent of you take the bus or train to work, and almost just as many of you drive to work alone. Hopefully those of you driving leave the email-checking and book reading for another time, but I'm wondering how you usually occupy yourself during your commute, no matter your mode of transit.
Savvy says: Brilliant!
Cityclips ($36) are a working girl's dream come true. We take care in building our work wardrobes and spend a pretty penny in doing so, and cityclips are the answer to saving our perfect-fit pants and hard earned cash.
Held together by magnets, the clips protect your pant-hem from fraying by lifting your pant leg when wearing your commuter flats. They are even available in various fabrics to closely match what you're wearing!
The item will eventually pay for itself by extending the life of your pants. What do you think of these; are they brilliant or baffling?