As part of Wellbeing Wednesday going forward, we are running fortnightly features where you’re involved in the ideas behind the content.
This week, we asked you for your tips for active travel for your regular commute or what you plan on doing to travel actively when you return to your work base – here are some of your responses:
- Christine Farr
I’m also able to have a morning dog walk before heading 'in' to my 'office'. I don’t have time when I have the commute to Cardiff.
- Sophia Bird
My youngest learnt to ride his bike in lockdown and my wife has started to cycle more so we can now have bike rides as a family.
- Richard Lewis
- Marie Evans
With the extra time, it means I can be more active and does my mental health the world of good.
- Natalie Gould
When on screening vans I drive a self-charging Toyota Prius hybrid (a PHW lease car). I hope to convert to a fully-electric car one day, and would like to see charging stations in every care park within the next few years!
I also have to consciously make time to do exercise - having an active commute meant that I was sure of getting half an hour a day!
- Sara Peacock
During lockdown though, active travel has definitely been one of the perks amidst the craziness.
I have enjoyed a regular ‘run to work’, starting from my front door and finishing at my office (again my front door). That’s active travel I definitely couldn’t do normally and a great chance to clear the head before working from home.
- Ruthie Davies
I haven’t had the opportunity to commute to work since joining PHW as I started agile in May during lockdown. In my previous employment, I used to leave a change of clothes and shower bits at work so I could commute in without having to carry too much. At the moment, I’m using the time I’m saving by not commuting for extra walks with my dog and evening bike rides.
- Tracy Anne Evans
Travelling with colleagues, or the use of teleconference or videoconference has also made a real difference to the way we work across the region; saving the organisation time and money, whilst helping our environment.
- Aled Hughes
In the main, the route is traffic-free, scenic and there are plenty of bike racks available. I encourage colleagues to give it a try!
- Dr Gill Richardson
I must confess to being a bit wobbly at first, but I have persevered and now regularly cycle. With pumped up tyres and my electric bike, I fly up the hill which leaves younger riders quite affronted, especially if they don’t notice the battery!
I require two knee replacements and need to lose some weight so cycling has definitely helped keep me moving and I love it!
- Caroline Whittaker
I got back into cycling when I bought an e-bike, which enabled me to cycle to work, despite arthritis in my knees. My fitness improved and I also gained some relief from the arthritis, and my increased muscle mass helped me prior to surgery. My physio’s impressed with my recovery post op, which he’s put down to my cycling prior to the operation. My blood pressure’s also reduced significantly, not to mention savings for car parking fees and diesel!
- Ian Smith
In addition to these top tips, we have also compiled a range of helpful resources for active travel which you can take a look at here.