Run to work: doing sport by going to work

Those who have passed through London in recent years and found themselves walking around the central districts during rush hours, will surely have noticed how the streets are invaded by runners with extremely technical clothing and all equipped with the inevitable backpack. They call it "Running to Work" and it simply consists in using the route from home to work to live the city in a healthier way, doing sport and saving on travel costs. Yes, because contrary to what one might think, those who undertake this practice do so not only to keep fit or for health reasons, but for many other reasons.
What the American press calls "run commuter", or commuters of the race, are spreading all over the world, particularly in cities such as Amsterdam and Paris, respectively second and third in number of run commuters after London, but also New York, Sydney, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Barcelona and Melbourne.

The site most consulted in London by those who do this type of activity is runningtowork.co.uk where an experienced run commuter gives advice of all kinds: you can find instructions on how to start from scratch, on how and how to train before starting with the routine, on clothing, nutrition, the roads to choose, until you get to the advice for the more experienced: how to improve their times, for example, regulate the breath or slim down by defining the muscles.

What are the benefits of being a run commuter?

According to data from Strava, a tracking app widely used abroad, the number of people who have started to run to work in only 2017 has increased by 50% across Britain. An increase that promises not to stop, given the benefits that more and more people are experiencing, the rapid loss of weight first of all.  According to the data, in fact, if the average pace held by a run commuter (about 12 minutes per kilometer for an average distance of 7 kilometers) is decidedly relaxed compared to those who jog regularly, the rate of calories burned is considerable: a woman burns on average 460 calories, a man 542.

In short, an activity that does not seem to require a great deal of time or energy and that has improved the quality of life of those who practice it, not only from the point of view of physical health.

How do I become a run commuter?

There are many reasons why you become a commuter in the race, and although you may believe that most people do so because of their health, this is not always the main reason. On the contrary, one could say that it is almost never.

Many have started because stressed by traffic, queues, the search for parking, and then discovered that during rush hours going on foot can also save time. Someone to save on vehicle passes or fuel and parking costs or, simply, to avoid overcrowding of trains and buses. And there are many who, once they have moved to a new city, decide to walk along it, walking along a different street every morning with their running shoes.

If in the end someone was thinking of launching themselves, then, know that there is nothing to fear. What's wrong with a healthy breakfast, shower and a run before a day's work?

Become a run commuter

Becoming a run commuter is simpler than you might think and requires no special equipment: comfortable clothes, well cushioned running shoes suitable for long runs on the asphalt, a backpack and a bit of good will are all you need. You should start calmly, perhaps walking quickly, keeping your beats in a range suitable for aerobic activity (so not too fast, but above the threshold of normal walking) and also using public transport, if the distance was initially considered prohibitive.  Planning is everything, you need to understand travel times and your own limits so as not to get to work too late or too tired: moderation is the watchword.
At this point, the only remaining obstacle seems to be hygiene. But also to this issue, runningtowork.co.uk provides a solution. The first advice is to wash yourself before you leave for the race, just as you would if you wanted to get to the office by car. Unpleasant odours are caused by the maceration of bacteria and skin impurities during the perspiration phase: clean skin therefore does not emit unpleasant odours at the end of physical activity.

Having hygienic and perfumed wipes is however advisable, also and above all because of the pollution. Washing the exposed parts, such as face, neck and hands, as soon as they arrive at the office, helps the runner to get rid of toxins that ruin the skin, as well as giving a pleasant feeling of cleanliness. Finally, a towel: if it is true that unpleasant smells can be managed, sweat must be dried, both for others and for oneself, so as not to risk getting sick.

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