There’s no shortage of gyms and trails in the DC metro area. More locations are popping up everywhere, making it easy to get a workout on the way to or from work. Those who opt for bike commutes as their form of exercise can even opt for the bus midway by storing their bike on the racks on the front of the bus and relaxing until their next stop.
Personally, I usually take a yoga class before heading home on the Metro, but sometimes I run on the Mt Vernon Trail part of the way home. As a regular Metro commuter, it’s important to me that I feel comfortable when I’m reading or relaxing. I want to extend the same courtesy to other passengers without getting my sweaty mess in their space.
Post Workout Routine
1. Clean Up
If your gym or studio has showers and toiletries, use them. In gyms or for runs along trails where showers aren’t accessible, I like using scented face wipes to freshen up. Place shoes or sweaty clothes in separate bags to contain any odors or dripping.
2. Change Clothes
If a whole outfit change is too much to pack, put on a sweater or dry shirt. This will give you a tidier appearance, and will keep you from cooling down too much or too fast. I usually put on a hat or hair wrap to keep my messy hair out of the way as well.
3. Keep Your Distance
Stand away from other commuters if you are still messy. Time your exercises so that you can catch your ride after rush hour crowds have subsided so you have enough room.
The time I get to wind down with a book on Metro after a good workout is as rewarding to me as my workout or active commute. With a little bit of planning, it’s easy to relax on transit after exercising without disrupting your neighbors.
Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com for Arlington Transportation Partners