World Health Day 2021 – Walk to work

Walk to work

In honour of World Health Day on the 7th of April this year, ditching your vehicles or walking to work is a great way to get involved and stay healthy.

What are the impacts of cars on the environment?

Production: This leaves a giant footprint because materials like steel, rubber, glass, plastics, paints, etc must be created before a new car is built. Production of new cars isn’t the only threat to the environment, the end of a car’s life doesn’t mark the end of its environmental impact. Plastics, toxic battery acids, and other products may stay in the environment, sat in a junkyard. Most of an automobile’s environmental impact, perhaps 80 to 90 percent, will be due to fuel consumption and emissions of air pollution and greenhouse gases.

Fuel costs: Extracting petroleum products from the earth is an energy-intensive process that can damage ecosystems. Shipping fuel uses a lot of energy, and can lead to disasters such as oil spills.

Air quality: Road vehicles are one of the biggest air quality compromisers, contributing to air pollution. The smog, carbon monoxide, and other toxins emitted by vehicles are troubling, as they leave a vehicle’s exhaust into the air that individuals breathe in.

How do I stay motivated?

During lockdown many of us already exercise more than usual, due to a lot of places closing. As gyms are also closed, many have opted to go on a walk or run as a form of exercise to stay fit.

After a long day at work, the last thing you may want to think about is going on a walk. The following can help you to feel motivated:

Join a walking group, this can form new friendships and you won’t be doing it alone.

What if I get bored?

Add variety to your walks, walking in the same areas will become uninteresting.

Towns and cities offer interesting walks, including parks, heritage trails, canal towpaths, riverside paths, commons, woodlands, heaths and nature reserves.

Family friendly walks in Coventry: https://www.coventryrocks.co.uk/guides/whats-on-guides/family-friendly-walks-in-coventry/

Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April. SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

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