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Is it Expensive to be Physically Active?

Here are some inexpensive ways to get active: Carry your groceries Use the stairs rather than the elevator Walk to your destination Play with your children, friends, and other family members Run, walk, or jog in pedestrian friendly areas such as parks and trails

— Oct 17, 2016

Tired of Traffic? Think Outside the Car and Give Active Transportation a GO!

Getting stuck in traffic is all too familiar for those who use a motor vehicle for travel. With that in mind, the October in motion™ Community Challenge may be just the right time to try something new …

Using a motor vehicle should be an efficient means of getting to destinations such as school, work or shopping however, it can at times, be a frustrating and expensive as well as a pollution-contributing method of travel with questionable efficiency.  Consider this - the cost of owning and operating a mid-sized motor vehicle is estimated to be $10,000 per year!  One way to reduce the cost is to drive less. You may question, how is that possible? In response, let’s switch gears and “think outside the car” …

Most of us struggle to live an active lifestyle. We know that being active is good for our health but it can be difficult to fit physical activity into daily life.  Use the in motion™ Community Challenge to try active transportation (AT) for some of your daily or weekly trips.

AT means using your own power, like walking, cycling or other active travel modes such as roller blading, skate boarding and wheel chairing, to get to places. Using the bus also counts because every transit trip begins and ends with either a walk or a bike ride. Depending on the distance you travel, using AT can help you reach your daily physical activity goal of 30 minutes per day for adults / 60 minutes a day for children AND save money.

Average Annual Costs1

Walking

$50

Biking

$150

LTC Citipass

$972

Driving

$10,000

 

1Source: City of London, Environmental Initiatives, 2016

https://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/environmental-initiatives/Pages/Infographics.aspx

 

Using a motor vehicle for daily travel is for the most part considered a necessity, so much so that we rarely think about using human power to get to destinations. Think about how many places can be easily walked or biked when the distance is less than 10 km. For distances greater than 10 km, public transit is an excellent option.

Try walking or biking to get to and / or from destinations once a week or once a month.  When you figure out what route works best for you, how long it takes and what type of footwear and clothing to use, you can progress to using AT more often. You will likely find many opportunities where AT is not only possible but is the preferred way to travel, even after the in motion™ Community Challenge is over!

Reduce frustration with traffic and help improve the environment. Do something for your health and your pocket book! Take up the in motion™ Community Challenge and choose to make active transportation a part of your lifestyle!  To learn more about active transportation visit: http://www.healthunit.com/active-transportation

To track your minutes, use the new in motion Community Challenge app from the App Store or on www.inmotion4life.ca

Think outside the car and get “in motion by giving active transportation a Go!

Written by:

Bernadette McCall, RN, Public Health Nurse

Healthy Communities & Injury Prevention Team

Middlesex London Health Unit