How to Make Your Commute Healthier
By Sara Butler
Your car gets you from point A to point B every day -- and a few other places besides. But your car is likely more than just a necessity to get where you're going. For some people, their car is a portable office while for others it may be an escape pod to help unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Whatever your car is to you, there are a few ways you can make it a healthier part of your daily routine. Here are some tips to help make your daily drive a little friendlier to your health and wellness.
Pack Healthy Snacks
During long drives, it's not just your car that needs refueling. When you're in the car and hunger strikes, it's tempting to go through a drive-thru or stop at a gas station for some junk food. Stock your car with transportable healthy snacks so you can resist the temptation. You can keep these items in your car to keep you healthy and satisfied in a pinch:
- Whole wheat crackers
- Protein bars
- Dry roasted chickpeas
- Air-popped popcorn
Just make sure you pull over to enjoy your snack if you're driving so you're not distracted.
Take a Water Bottle
Keep a bottle full of water in your car all the time to help you stay hydrated on the go. Before you get in the car, fill up your bottle and sip on it as you get to your destination. This can help keep your energy levels up and help improve your mood too. Plus, it makes you a better driver since a hydrated brain is one that performs better!
Have a First Aid Kit
Most commutes will be uneventful, but just in case you ever need it, a first aid kit is a great thing to have on hand. A basic first aid kit is all you need in case you run into issues on the road.
Over time a lot of dirt and bacteria can build up on your vehicle's surfaces. In fact, some studies have found that the surfaces in the car are often dirtier than what you'll find on a smartphone - and smartphones are notoriously filthy. Combat this by maintaining a healthy car. Periodically wipe down all the surfaces with antibacterial wipes.
Your car is a place that you spend a lot of time, so make sure it's conducive to a healthy and happy commute!
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