Irish Heart Foundation

Escape Your Chair

Move more during your commute

The time you spend travelling can quickly add up and without you even realising may contribute significantly to your overall sitting time

If you commute by car, train or bus, 30 minutes to and from work, 5 days a week you spend 5 hours a week sitting for travel.

Why not take the opportunity to make your commute more active?

An active commute has multiple benefits, it is good for your physical and mental health, can save you money and is much better for the environment.

The increased popularity of fitness trackers means that more people are becoming aware of the 10,000 steps a day goal.  Making a small change to your commute can make a big difference. Getting off the bus or the Luas one stop earlier could give you an extra 625 steps, twice a day that’s 1,250 steps which, over the year, adds up to an extra 300,000 steps.


*Based on walking an extra 500 metres from the bus stop, walking 2km instead of driving, parking 300 metres further away.


Download resources to promote a more active commute, read our Let’s go Walking booklet for tips on walking for health, share the infographics or display our commute poster in your workplace.

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