How to stay safe and healthy during your daily commute

We all commute to our work daily. Some of us commute shortly while for some of us commuting takes a longer time. In either case, it’s important to stay safe and healthy. And how can we achieve that? Well, with a few simple commuting tricks to keep in mind. Read about some ways to have a healthy commute.

1.   Choose the means of transport wisely

When it comes to commuting to work, we have a few alternatives at our disposal. Depending on factors such as the distance, the geological features and some others, we can choose our transport accordingly. The first one is the car, which is not highly recommended because of the carbon footprint it leaves in the atmosphere and the time we need to get to work because of tremendous traffic jams. The second alternative includes public transport such as the tram, train, subway or bus. This alternative is better than the first one because of the lesser bad impact on our environment and the time we have at our disposal to use up for something useful. And when it comes to some healthy ways to improve our commute, walking to work or riding a bike are popular alternatives. This is a great way to reduce stress as well as the carbon footprint and to do some physical exercises beneficial for our body.

2.   Disconnect and just breathe

Regardless of the means of transport you ultimately choose, it’s important to take some time to disconnect and just focus on your breathing. This is especially true if you’re commuting in public transport. Don’t use the time you have at your disposal to stare at your phone screen and scroll the social networking sites. Instead, try doing something relaxing, soothing and useful. You can use the time to read a book, listen to some good music, watch some insightful podcasts, learn a language or to catch up with work. Take deep breaths and focus on long inhalations and exhalations. It will relax both your mind and body and help you find your zen.

3.   Choose a suitable bag

When we commute to work, we usually carry many things with us as we’ll be out for the biggest part of the day. That often includes our breakfast, lunch, water, coffee, personal documents, sometimes a laptop and working clothes or shoes. That means we need quite a big bag that ends up being too heavy and has a bad influence on our posture. In order to avoid some potential health issues, it’s important to choose the right bag. For example, if you tend to carry your laptop to work, it would be a good idea to choose a spacious laptop backpack to fit it in and keep it safe. You can also fill the backpack with other essentials you need for the day. A good thing is that when you put a backpack on your back you distribute the weight properly on your body.

4.   Mind your posture

Whether you’re sitting down in your car, the train, the bus or the subway or standing, mind your posture. It will help you in preventing back pain. When sitting, proper posture means sitting at the edge of your seat, keeping your feet flat on the ground, keeping your navel up and in and lifting up through the crown of your head. On the other hand, when standing proper posture means standing square through the shoulders, lifting from the head and keeping the spine straight. You’ll save yourself some trouble if minding your posture throughout the whole day.

We spend quite some time during our lifetime on commuting. Instead of doing nothing, we should always try to use up the time we have constructively and doing some things that are beneficial both for our body and mind. In that way, we promote physical and mental health.

Alexis Walker

Alexis is a Sydney-based part-time writer and a full-time mom of two. Her words carry the richness of her travelling and parenting adventures, offer advice and inspiration to those who desire to improve their lives. Outside of the office, she takes pleasure in spending precious time with her youngsters and absorbing the happiness they constantly radiate.