Travel for Young People in the Borough - Independent Travel and Active Swaps
Becoming a young adult means gaining newfound independence, including stepping into the realm of independent travel. Not only does this mean deciding how you’ll get from point A to B, but it's now solely down to you how much physical activity your travel choices will include.
Incorporating active travel into your daily routine is advantageous for your:
- Physical fitness
- Mental health
- Overall wellbeing
As well as having environmental benefits, and benefiting your local community.
Navigating this newfound responsibility can be an adventure, and with a little creativity, incorporating active swaps into your daily routine is easier than you might think.
Let’s explore how to infuse your journeys with healthy, active choices.
Master the Public Transport Network
Familiarising yourself with the local buses will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also provide a cost-effective and efficient way to navigate the borough.
Make your journeys more budget-friendly with student discounts and passes - info below:
Train travel is another healthier lifestyle option that is often quicker than going by car.
Consider embracing the freedom of cycling. Not only is it an eco-friendly mode of transport, but it also doubles as a fantastic way to stay fit.
Sometimes, the best way to discover hidden gems in your neighbourhood is on foot. Map out your routes, again you can use the free route map tool for this, wear a comfortable pair of shoes, and set off on a walking adventure.
If you prefer the convenience of a car but want to keep it eco-friendly, explore car sharing! Connect with friends, classmates, or fellow students heading in the same direction. Car sharing not only reduces traffic but also offers a chance to socialise on the go.
Elevate Your Journey with Active Swaps
In the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle for the residents of Wokingham Borough, we’re championing ‘active swaps’. These are small changes in your routine that can make a significant impact on your overall well-being. Here's how you can infuse your daily travels with active swaps:
- Swap the escalator for the stairs - Climbing stairs is an excellent way to get your heart rate up, tone your leg muscles, and burn some extra calories.
- Turn waiting time into stretch time - Waiting for public transport? Use that time to sneak in some stretches. Simple stretches like toe touches, neck rotations, and shoulder rolls can keep your body limber and combat the stiffness associated with prolonged sitting.
- Incorporate a lunchtime walk where possible - it's a refreshing way to clear your mind, get some fresh air, and sneak in some steps for the day. According to the NHS, ‘A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits’.
Local Resources and Facilities Supporting Active Travel
Fortunately, the borough is brimming with resources and facilities that are championing active transportation for young people.
Discount at Berkshire Cycle Co
Please download a voucher for 10% off any accessories at Berkshire Cycle Co which can be found under Related Downloads here.
Find info on local walking trails that are not only perfect for a walk but also offer opportunities for socialising! Grab a friend and explore the local area together.
In conclusion, by making simple yet impactful choices, you not only enhance your physical well-being but also contribute to a vibrant and sustainable community. So, gear up, step out, and let the borough be your canvas for a healthier, more active lifestyle.