When my online friend Amyrlin mentioned that she had changed job locations specifically to be able to walk to work I knew I had to hear more! She was gracious enough to write a guest post for me on the topic. Enjoy her experience and analysis-and make sure you encourage her with some comment love!
The Benefits of Walking to Work
Walking to work has multiple benefits. For me, the simple idea of frugality and saving on fuel costs. In my area gas is currently about $3.79 a gallon. To fuel up my van it takes 20 gallons, to fuel up twice weekly, where ¾’s was used for commuting, it came to about $151.00 every week. When I had the opportunity to transfer to a closer location to home I took it! Any began to reap the frugal and health benefits immediately.
I currently walk about a mile each way to work, with the occasional drop off when it is not feasible to walk reducing my costs to about $37.00 a week on gas, depending on the outing, or errand to run requiring a vehicle. A month has passed and I have saved $400.00 out of my budget on gas and commuting costs, I actually banked the difference!
Since I am fueling up less I also cut out my convenience store trips, purchasing fresh brewed coffee or tea instead of utilizing the coffee and tea I have at home. I believe the grand total came to $515.00 (I was getting out of hand purchasing drinks!)
The health benefits for walking to work are numerous and advantageous. Incorporating a daily workout with commuting is perfect for a time crunched woman on the go. I currently work a split shift, so I walk with a vigorous pace a mile each way in the morning burning about 300calories for each morning round trip, then in the afternoon evening trip about 250 calories at a moderate pace. This is great because I have gained some weight in the past year; I needed to see a reverse trend!
When you walk or bicycle to work you are lowering your blood pressure naturally, plus it gives you time to think about your work day ahead or reflect on the day that has passed, dealing with the daily stressors.
I know walking or bicycling to work is not for everyone, but for my situation it has saved money, improved my health (I lost 5 pounds!), and I helped the environment. These are three areas in my life I am always looking to improve!
Do any of you walk or bike to work? What are you doing to save money on transportation costs as the price of gas rises?
Heather (aka Amyrlin in her online life) is a proud mother of four (2 at home), happily married wife, full time student, and Residential Service Supervisor for a group home caring for adults with developmental disabilities. Heather loves playing games and the money game is the best one when it comes to saving it. She love sharing tips and techniques she learn from others, and enjoy seeing other accomplish their frugal pursuits. When it comes to stretching a nickel Heather will be front row applauding and thinking how she may be able to apply it too her life!
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