The festive season has come to a close; January has arrived and as various responsibilities creep up on us, reality starts to sink in. For those of us who commute to work, do a daily school run or simply need to be out and about in town this month, darker skies and unkind weather can make stepping out of the house difficult. But it doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom!
Most of us consider starting off the year with a booze free month but we know that sticking to this can be difficult to say the least! So we’ve come up with another way to have a dry January and still reap the financial and health benefits, by making small changes to the way we travel.
There’s a common misconception that people who cycle or walk get wetter than people who drive, a fear that is particularly apparent during the winter months. Although the skies are darker, cycling or walking in January does not necessarily mean being soaked in the process. We did some digging around and found weather data that tells us there’s no need to wait until May to dust off our walking boots or get the bikes out the shed.
Did you know?
In 2015, it rained nearly just as much in the summer months as it did throughout winter. But that didn’t stop us from being active in August, the rainiest month of the year, so why let it stop us now? To get those legs moving you can jump on a bike or travel by foot; and we’ve got some top tips on how to stay safe and dry while getting around Southend.
Whether or not you’re a fashionista, it’s always good to be geared up in the right clothing. This doesn’t necessarily mean sporting the latest high fashion looks or having to empty your bank accounts for fancy Dolce and Gabbana attire. If you’re cycling, the basics of a raincoat and waterproof cover for your bag are a must. For those of us who prefer walking, an umbrella and some protective walking shoes will help you to conquer the outdoors and avoid spending the day with soaked hair and wet clothes. And, just in case you get a bit wetter than planned, it may also be worth bringing a change of clothes into work – better to be safe than sorry!
Easy, Breezy, Beautiful!
With an average speed of just 18.6mph during the morning rush hour (the lowest in the east of England) drivers are likely to get stuck in a jam and end up arriving at the office late and frustrated, which just doesn’t seem worth it to us. More and more commuters are enjoying walking or cycling to work – a much easier and more convenient alternative. Whether you’re travelling by foot, by bike or a combination of the two, the breeze and fresh air will do you wonders, and help burn off all those Christmas pudding calories you enjoyed over the holidays. On top of this, what better way to have a relaxing commute than slowing down to enjoy the beautiful surroundings?
To find the best scenic walking and cycling routes around Southend, take a look at our downloadable maps: http://www.ideasinmotionsouthend.co.uk/helpful-info/
And if it’s been a while since you were on just two wheels, The Comfy Saddle in Southend Central Station is a great place to get the perfect bike for you along with some great cycling advice to put your mind at ease.
So, no more excuses! Don’t let fears of getting wet keep you from getting about this month. You’ll be left feeling fit, and with a healthier bank balance too – a perfect way to start the year! Don’t forget to let us know how you get on – follow us on Twitter @IiMSouthend or via the hashtag #IiMDryJanuary, or find us on Facebook.