There was a good article in The Seattle Times last weekend about making walking a bigger part of your life. The author, Nicole Tsong, decided to make changes and increase the number of steps she takes each day. Even those of us that are active, maybe working out or taking exercise classes, end up doing a lot of sitting. And as traffic gets worse, a lot of that time is spent sitting in a car.
You have to make a very conscious effort to walk more, or just move more. While Nicole moved more by walking more, I’ve done something similar by riding my bike more often for commuting and running errands.
There have been several times recently when I’ve thought… oh, I’ll have to drive because I have to run an errand. But you know what? With a little planning, the bike works great. I had to run to FedEx yesterday. So I put what I needed in my backpack and stopped there on my way home from work. Tuesday next week I have to take our car in for service. I could drop it off and have them shuttle me to my office. Nope. I’m going to put the rack on the car and put my bike on it, drop off the car and ride to work and back to pick up the car.
Yes, sometimes it’s a hassle. But it’s always worth the hassle. When I ran that errand yesterday on my bike instead of driving, there was a huge traffic jam in Redmond and I passed at least a couple hundred cars. And I got home a lot sooner than I would have if I'd driven. Now that just feels good.