Four years ago I started walking to work due to seriously unreliable public transport. Soon after, I was addicted. Not being subject to public transport timetables, getting in some exercise and having some time to clear your head before or after a day at work are a brilliant way to start and end your day, and much better than spending half an hour stuck under a faceless armpit on the train.

If you’re walking for the first time, it’s easier to walk home — it doesn’t matter if you’re sweaty when you get there and you probably don’t have to be there by a particular time.

If you live within seven kilometres of the city, just go straight from work. If you live further out, get off your public transport 5-6 kilometres from home and hoof it the rest of the way.

Pack your bag the night before with some comfortable walking clothes and shoes, sunscreen and your choice of music player/radio. After work, strap on your walking finest, pop on some sunscreen, have a quick stretch and off you go.

Enjoy strolling past the poor sods stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic and packed trains, trams and buses. Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair as you glide home on your own horsepower. Embrace the smug satisfaction of simultaneously helping the environment, your waistline and your wallet.

Arrive home refreshed, energised and with a well-earned appetite for your dinner — and hopefully the motivation to do it all again tomorrow.

Peter Fray

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