It’s that time of year again – the beginning! It’s a fresh start and a chance to make our resolutions for 2014. Okay, so most of us will probably have broken the usual ‘eat less chocolate’, ‘drink less coffee’ and ‘go to the gym’ promises by mid-January, but it’s not too late. By making small changes to the way we travel we can benefit our health, our wallets and our environment.
Here are some resolution ideas for you:
“This year, I will:
- Try something new”: With nine railway stations and 700 bus stops, getting around Southend on public transport could not be easier. Trains run up to every fifteen minutes, four bus companies serve Southend, and bus routes have recently been extended. A great idea is changing how you travel just one day a week. Why not give it a go and see for yourself? Getting the train or bus can also be a much cosier way to get to work as we head into the thick of winter!
- Keep in touch with friends”: Been a bit busy for catch-ups lately? By getting the bus or train you can use the time travelling to pick up the phone to your parents, or get up to speed with friends on Facebook. Even better, why not ask a friend to join you on the way to work? Car-sharing is a great idea if you like to unwind after a busy day with a chat.
- Get on my bike”: Cycling is both practical and fun. If you haven’t ridden a bike for a while, you can brush up on your skills with Cycle Southend’s Learn to Ride sessions and Bicycle Maintenance courses. Southend is easy to cycle around with its flat roads and scenic routes. If you’re already confident on a bike, why not try the Bike & Go scheme operating from Southend Victoria station?
- Read a great book”: Using public transport gives you some extra time either side of the working day to do with what you wish. It’s a great chance to read the book you unwrapped for Christmas. And for those of you walking to work, why not try an audiobook? Just plug in and within seconds you’ll be transported to Narnia or Middle-Earth. Another great idea is downloading the latest chart albums to listen to on your commute. And don’t forget to let us know what you’re listening to in our music survey.
- Get more exercise”: The NHS recommends we walk 10,000 steps each day. On average, we already walk between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day anyway, so we can easily boost those numbers with a short walk to school or work. Christmas is great for treating ourselves, and walking is a fantastic way of working off those extra mince pies. You might even lose a little weight while you’re at it. Two resolutions in one! Plus it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Walking the kids to school is a great way to get them active and they love nothing more than being outdoors. Remember to wrap up, pack a brolly and you’re ready to go.
So why not make a resolution this year that means something and can actually be kept? ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and with Ideas in Motion you can be healthy and savvy too! Don’t forget to let us know how you get on – follow us on Twitter @IiMSouthend and use the hashtag #IiMResolution or find us on Facebook.
Happy New Year!