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How to make the most of your commute to work

Burn some calories

Where possible, try to swap driving or using public transport with cycling to work in order to get those endorphins pumping. Investing in a specialized hybrid bike to carry you to and from work will often work out cheaper than petrol or ticket costs, and 30 minutes of cycling a day fill your quota of aerobic exercise that the NHS recommends per week.

Alternatively, add some more activity to your commute by parking  a little further from your office block, or getting off the bus a stop earlier. Not only will those steps soon add up, but it’s a great way to see a bit more of your surroundings and find some hidden-gem coffee shops or bars that you might have otherwise missed.

Learn something new

Whether it’s learning a new language, researching a new hobby or simply discovering a new author, learning a new skill is an effective way to make those otherwise wasted hours productive ones.

If you drive to work or, like many people, feel queasy reading on public transport, there’s a vast range of apps and audiobooks to choose from that can help you perfect your new skill – even if it’s just learning new history facts so you can rule the next office pub quiz!

Take a time-out

These day we live such busy lives – and with constant access to the internet via our phones, we never really get a chance to ‘switch off’. Though being knee-to-knee with a stranger on the train may not seem like the most relaxing of situations, your commute to and from work is a great opportunity to refocus your thoughts and meditate. Apps such as headspace are a great place to start if you’re looking to start meditating – and who knows, your new found zen may help you to be more productive throughout the day.

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