Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend with family, friends, and delicious food! While Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays all year, it also marks the beginning of what feels like a month-long eating and drinking fest that can leave one's waistline feeling a little bigger come January 1st. Of course you can always go to the gym and exercise before or after work to combat the holiday pounds, but what about getting a workout just from your commute?
Biking, riding transit, or incorporating walking into your commute is an easy and affordable way to stay in shape during the holidays! This December, brave the cold and try a different mode of transportation to get to work, such as walking 10-15 minutes to a Metro station, riding Capital Bikeshare a couple of miles to work, or getting off the bus one stop further away than usual. These commuting strategies can help you burn calories without feeling like you’re actually exercising! Plus, there are more than just the physical benefits - you can save money by reducing your expenses on things like gas, car maintenance, and parking and also feel less stressed and more productive at work by leaving your car at home.
So go ahead commuters, eat that second slice of pie or have that glass of eggnog – by actively commuting to work, you can have a guilt-free holiday season! And as always, be safe and comfortable while commuting this winter! Check out these biking and walking tips from BikeArlington and WalkArlington for more information. Feel free to contact ATP for any questions about our transportation and commuting programs and services!