I never would have thought of doing it, but there was that day before Christmas when it snowed quite a bit and all of downtown was gridlocked and I was facing the very real possibility of sitting on a bus for several hours, so I got off the bus and started walking. That day it took me almost 2 hours to slog home through the snow, but I didn’t mind. I was still moving faster than the cars. That day of gridlock, I learned it was possible to put one foot in front of the other and get home under my own power.
Today I chose to walk home. The days are getting longer and I can already feel the tug to be outside. I’m one cubicle over from the cubicles with a window. When I stand up I can see whether the sun is shining or not. Today it shone all day. Somehow, when I left at 4 pm my feet took me in the opposite direction from the bus stop, and they kept going. 1 hour and 20 minutes later I was unlocking my front door.
I feel great, much more energised than I usually do after sitting on a bus for 40 minutes (and with traffic these days I’m often stuck on a bus for longer than that). Google maps tells me that it is 7.5 km from my office building to my house. So now I know that 7.5 km is a completely doable walk. Yes, it took me twice as long as usual to get home, but I got exercise and fresh air on the way. If I’d hurried home I would have had to spend 40 minutes doing some sort of exercise inside. So really I didn’t lose any time at all. I think I’m going to make this a weekly habit.