Everyday traffic jams, high costs for maintaining personal vehicles and problems finding parking are just some of the reasons people often think about faster, more cost-effective, and healthier ways of transport. That is why we present you alternative options that are better not only for you, but also the environment, because they contribute to reducing the rate of harmful particles in the air.
Summer has officially arrived, and now is the best time to be more physically acrive and spend time in the fresh air. After months of staying inside, minimised movement, and reduced physical activity, that occurred as the result of the protection measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is about time we started making up for the lost time.
Walking is the simplest physical activity, an yet its benefits we often underestimate. Scientists state that physical activity can cause chemical changes in the brain, such as the release of endorphins, which can significantly improve your mood. This can then positively affect your level of motivation and self-esteem, increasing your energy levels and, thus, your efficiency at work. U.S. research has shown that people who walk at least 1 kilometer per day significantly reduce their risk of heart disease, back pain, dementia, depression, and obesity. Walking affects the heart pumping blood and improves circulation, as better blood flow ensures the body gets enough blood rich in the nutrients needed for optimal health. In parallel, there is no damage to the environment.
As many remain cautious about the spread of the pandemic, public transportation is visibly reduced, and users choose alternative options such as walking and cycling, although others still use cars.
Experts working on the Bosnia Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) advise that, if you travel to work by car, consider the damage you do to the environment this way. Cars, buses, and trucks are the leading causes of air pollution. The smoke they emit may contain carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, lead, and various other particles, which we all eventually inhale. Walking or cycling not only helps fight global warming, but also environmental pollution.
In addition to being the cheapest means of transportation, the bicycle is environmentally friendly because it does not pollute the environment and significantly contributes to health. That is why, by choosing this mode of transport, you save money, get your body in shape and help the environment. Many studies point cycling is very important in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, blood sugar, and blood pressure. With the bike, you can quickly go through the crowd, will not be late for important meetings, and do not have to worry about parking. Additionally, you will be exercising and breathing fresh air at the same time. Riding a bike for 25 minutes a day, instead of riding a car, reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 165 kg per year.
Cheaper and more environmentally conscious driving
Whether you travel to work every day or occasionally, Carpooling is something that will benefit you in many ways. There are numerous benefits to sharing transportation. The cost of travel is lower because all passengers share it, and due to the use of fewer vehicles, carpooling is a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation. You can offer carpool, and if you do not have your own car, you can arrange it with some family members, work colleagues, friends, and even acquaintances that you consider great companions. High emissions, congestion, and the consumption of non-renewable energy sources are just some of the negative consequences of the large number of vehicles in traffic. This way, you help the environment, and enjoy more economical and exciting rides to your destination.
So, we challenge you to choose a healthier way to get to your destination the next time you go somewhere, be it an easy walk, a bike ride, or, ultimately, a joint ride to work with you colleagues.