#CommutingSucks - walk to work and avoid the daily misery

Posted 10 May 2016 by Helen Christie

The daily commute is an unfortunate but usually unavoidable part of working life...

It’s almost inevitable that on the morning of that important interview or the meeting you’ve spent weeks preparing for, you’ll arrive at your train station to see queues out the door and hear an announcement that there has been a signal failure, or a strike, or even that there are just too many leaves on the line.

One idea for eliminating these factors is to move closer to your place of work. While this may sound like quite a drastic change, it could give you the chance to cycle or even walk to work. According to the fifth annual Which? rail satisfaction survey published February 2016, rail commuter satisfaction is at best only 79% of passengers (Grand Central) with Thameslink and Great Northern and Southeastern passenger satisfaction at just 46%.  

This shows just how many people travelling to and from London are miserable with their daily commute and think that #CommutingSucks, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Moving closer to work could save you on your travel expenses, help with your fitness if you are able to walk or cycle, and it can also go a long way to giving you a better work/life balance, particularly as so many of spend such a high proportion of our time at work, and the added travel on top of that only takes away from the time we could be spending on enjoying ourselves.

Walking to work is a great way to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine, and can help to to mentally prepare for the day ahead, as well as a good way to help you switch off at the end of the day. 

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