Are you looking to get a little bit healthier in your daily routine, and in doing so get a little happier too?
People right across Liverpool City Region have been making small changes in their daily commute to become healthier and happier as part of Merseytravel’s Arrive Happy campaign, which encourages people to get just a little bit more active as they go to and from work.
It could be cycling one or two days a week. It could be simply getting off the bus a stop or two earlier. Or it could be choosing a day to walk home from work with a friend and have a catch up. Even with the winter nights closing in walking and cycling as part of the daily commute can save money, time and hassle. All you need to do is wrap up warm and get out there.
NHS guidelines recommend that adults aged 19-64 should aim to be active for 150 minutes a week, which may sound like a lot, but can be achieved by making short local journeys on foot or by bike – perhaps cycling to the station instead of taking the car. Break it down and that’s 30 minutes a day. Or 15 minutes each way on the commute. Not much time at all.
It’s that simple and the benefits can include increased mental wellbeing, a reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes. In addition, studies have shown that people who cycle or walk to work are more satisfied with their commute, less likely to have days off sick and feel less stressed.