I have always been an exerciser. I love running in the morning; it gets my day off to an excellent start. But, some days it seems like travel schedules, school drop-offs, and work commitments are getting in the way of my beloved morning ritual. And, I am the first to admit that too many days without a workout puts me in a bit of a bad mood.
This year, I have decided to find more ways to incorporate activity into my everyday life. I am not talking about a work out. I am talking about ways to be more active during the day while maintaining my work and other commitments. I have decided that one way I would like to do that is by walking to and from my office a few days a week.
I am lucky, I live only about 3 miles away from my office. So, it only takes about 40 minutes from door to door. That is only about 10 minutes longer than the bus-ride, so it is a great way to get some exercise without adding too much time to my commute. I started my new routine last week and realized that there are a few critical things to consider when walking to work.
First, it goes without saying that shoes are critical. My running shoes are too bulky and ugly to wear with my work clothes, so I decided to search for some more stylish tennis shoes.
Second, it is inevitable that I am carrying files and often a laptop to and from my office. I tried my first walk with my normal work bag, but mid-way to the office I realized that I was pretty off-balance. So, I also decided that either a backpack or messenger bag would be a good solution. Luckily there are some cute options out there.
Third, depending on where you live, cold weather gear might be in order. Depending on the length of your walk to work you may want to consider layers. In the bay area, a trench coat is usually the perfect outer layer.
Finally, music is necessary. This is the easy part. For me, ear buds do the trick. I can listen to music or talk on the phone without changing out my gear. But, there are also some pretty amazing noise canceling options if you are so inclined.
Here is my shopping list (clockwise from top left). Happy trails.