Walking is a great way to get exercise. It does not require any great ability and it is one of the easiest forms of exercise. Although walking can be great for you, there are many disadvantages to walking to work that most of us aren’t aware of, or have never considered.
The Disadvantage of Distance
First off, most people do not live within walking distance to their work, meaning that walking to work could take an hour or even more, making it time consuming and simply unfeasible. Even if you are willing to wake up earlier than normal to spend an hour walking to work, there are many other reasons that make it impractical to do so.
No Season For Walking
For example, depending on the season and the country you live in, you could be ending up at work drenched in sweat, soaking wet, sun burnt or frost bitten. Weather conditions in most countries are what make walking to work unrealistic during most if not all seasons.
The Pain of Walking
As well, walking to work can give you back, shoulder, or arm pain, depending on what your job is, and what you have to carry with you, whether it is a briefcase, a bag, or tools. Carrying things to work can cause you to develop persistent pain. As well, depending on your job you may have many things that you need to bring with you, so many things that it is impossible to carry them all on your back, meaning that you need to take a car to work.
A Walking Health Hazard
Another disadvantage of walking to work that most would never consider is the issue of pollution and smog. For people who live in major cities there is often a problem with smog. Walking to work would mean inhaling the pollutants in the air, which is detrimental to your health, especially if done on a regular basis. Furthermore, smog is not only bad for your lungs, but it is also bad for your hair and your skin. Pollutants in the air can sit on your hair and skin and then be absorbed, often leading to unhealthy hair and skin. This can cause your skin to appear dull and unhealthy.
Although walking can keep you healthy and help you lose weight, it is best to keep lengthy walks to parks and rural areas where you won’t be inhaling smog, and won’t be carrying work bags which could strain your upper body.