Why take a daily commute when remote working?

Yesterday was National ‘Walk To Work Day‘ and I want to share my reasons for building a regular walking commute and its benefits.


If you work from home, is your daily commute just a skip across the landing or a trip down one flight of stairs?

With remote and hybrid working now being the norm, the lines between our professional and personal lives can easily blur and our lifestyles can be really static. With the convenience of working from home, many of us find ourselves glued to our desks in back-to-back Zoom calls, getting no natural movement, daylight or fresh air. 

It seems obvious, but our working lives, especially post-covid, can be even more sedentary than before. Rather than just walking down the stairs to my office space on the ground floor of my house, most weekdays I try to get out on a 40-minute walking loop, past the high school and out into the countryside. 

When I don’t do this morning walking commute, I really notice a negative impact on my mood, work focus, energy levels and physical health.

Why walk to work when you work from home?

However, incorporating a morning stroll into your routine can offer numerous benefits that contribute to both your physical and mental well-being.

Refreshing start

Instead of jumping straight from bed to desk, take a moment to breathe in the fresh morning air. A walking commute can invigorate your senses and create a more energised start to your working day.

Boost in productivity

Contrary to the belief that more time spent at your desk equals increased productivity, taking short breaks for physical activity can actually enhance your focus and concentration. A morning walk – and even a brief lunchtime stroll - allows your mind to recharge, helping you to be more alert and focused when you return to work tasks.

Stress reduction

The simple act of walking can be a powerful stress reliever - especially if you’re able to get to a green space. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed by deadlines or experiencing creative blocks, stepping outside and moving your body can help alleviate tension and clear your mind, leading to improved overall well-being. Mindful movement can be a good alternative to sitting meditation or mindfulness.

Enhanced creativity

Engaging in physical activity stimulates blood flow to the brain, which can enhance creativity and problem-solving skills. Use your morning walk as a time to let your thoughts wander freely, allowing space for new ideas and insights to emerge.

Connection to nature

Working from home can sometimes feel isolating, especially when you spend most of your time indoors. Going for a walk allows you to reconnect with the natural world, appreciating the beauty of your surroundings and fostering a sense of connection to something greater than yourself.

Improved physical health

Incorporating regular movement into your daily routine is essential for maintaining good physical health. Walking is a low-impact exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and boost immune function, all of which contribute to a healthier, more resilient body.

Over this past year or so of taking regular morning walks, I’ve noticed a spring in my steps when talking up steps and my jeans are fitting very nicely now.

Social interaction

Depending on where you live, your morning stroll may present opportunities for brief social interactions with neighbours, other walkers and dog walkers. These casual encounters can provide a sense of community and belonging, even in a remote work setting.

While it might seem easier to skip this ‘morning commute’ when you work from home, don't underestimate the importance of incorporating movement into your daily routine. 

Even a simple stroll around the block can offer a host of benefits for your physical and mental well-being, ultimately leading to a healthier and more productive working life. So, lace up your shoes, step outside, and embrace the power of the morning walk. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Life Coach Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Lucy Stanyer, Life Coach, Career & Business Coach, ADHD Coach, mBit Coach
Faversham ME13 & Maidstone ME16

Coaching for Purpose, Growth and Balance. Lucy provides whole-person career and small business coaching to help make work fulfilling and meet your measures of success. Coaching helps harness values, shift mindsets, build helpful habits, cultivate a sense of purpose to make work part of a life worth living.


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