One of the healthiest and cheapest ways to get to work is to use your feet. It is a perfect start to the day. You get some exercise that you might not have time for otherwise and arrive at work alert and ready to go.
Walking BenefitsDoctors recommend about 30 minutes of regular exercise each day. That doesn't necessarily mean running flat out on a treadmill. It can mean walking a reasonable distance - just enough to be breathing a little heavier and feeling warm. Walking 30 minutes to and from work each day can help to:
- Reduce the risk of heart attack
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Help to control weight
Walking also has the lowest environmental impact of all forms of transport. It produces no pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, community safety is enhanced when more people choose to get out of their cars and into the streets.
Save by Walking
You can save some cash by walking to work. Check out this calculator to see how much.
Tacoma-Pierce County Walking Guide
Use the Tacoma-Pierce County Walking Guide (PDF) to:
- Learn how to start a walking program.
- Choose comfortable shoes.
- Explore a map of our local parks and trails.
- View details of additional routes.
Check it out and learn about trails and parks you may not be familiar with. You may even be able to incorporate some of them into your normal commute route.
Walking in Washington
Visit the Washington Department of Transportation website to find information on walking safety tips, pedestrian laws, and finding good walks and hikes in Washington.
Downtown Tacoma Walking Resources
Check out Downtown Tacoma walking maps, tours, and upcoming events by Downtown On the Go.
Walking Safety Tips
Walking is a healthy activity, but you need to know the rules of thumb of pedestrian safety.
Walk Your Way to Fitness
Find tips on the benefits of walking, ways to walk more often, and get fit in the process.