Take Alternative Transportation
It can be hard to find ways to get around without using a car, but alternative methods of transportation can not only reduce the amount of carbon released into our atmosphere, they can also improve your health! Here are a few ways you might be able to minimize your carbon footprint and move more.
Make it a group activity
Whether you have a large family or hang out with a group of friends, build travel time into your activities. Pick a nearby attraction, restaurant, or park and instead of driving, walk there together.
Do your research
Some forms of public transportation, such as the bus and rail systems, are well-advertised. But did you know that many cities have car and bike shares where you can rent a bicycle or car for a short time? For people with a long commute, there may be a local nonprofit or government organization that will subsidize the rate of renting a van for carpooling purposes.
It can benefit your health
If you switched out one round trip in a car for a walk or a bike ride, the calorie burning would build up. A 150-pound person would burn about 90 calories walking one mile or 136 calories biking for 30 minutes, even at a leisurely pace.
The next time you’re headed to a meeting a few minutes away or getting together with friends at the restaurant down the street, consider transporting yourself instead of driving there. It’s effort well spent.