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The insiders guide: how scooting short journeys can improve your health

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Would you like to know how scooting short journeys can improve your health?

At Micro Scooters we believe in making small changes for the greater good and that by making small changes, like using a scooter over the car for short journeys will pay longer term dividends to health, the environment and the pocket too.

Here, Dominic Bliss explains all you need to know about the health implications of scooting your commute and how it can make a real difference. 

Sky-high ticket prices, packed trains, stressed and antisocial passengers, Tube strikes…

Commuting by public transport in our big cities is not good for your health. All the expert studies bear this out. <source> 

In fact a recent report from the Office for National Statistics discovered that British commuters are less satisfied with life, unhappier and more anxious than their non-commuting counterparts. 

One solution is to break up your commute using a scooter. We’re not suggesting you scoot all the way to work (unless it’s under a mile, perhaps). But by scooting the first part, or the last part, of your journey, you can cut down your commuting time substantially. 

The average commuting time in the UK is a mind-numbing 49 minutes each way. That’s one hour 38 minutes a day, or over eight hours a week. <source> 

Where a scooter comes in really handy is for the short sections from your front door to the train station; or from the bus stop to your place of work. The average person takes 20 minutes to walk a mile, but on a scooter that’s reduced to just six minutes. (All adult Micro Scooters are foldable in seconds so you can carry them with you, even tuck them under your seat, when you’re squashed with the other sardines on the rush-hour train.)

The first and last mile 

During rush hour you could shave valuable minutes off your journey time by scooting a couple of stops ahead to meet your bus. Use Micro Scooter emicro one and, when the traffic’s really congested, you may even overtake the bus altogether. 

Scooting burns up to 300 calories per hour

There are loads of other benefits for scooter commuters. On average, scooting at a normal pace burns 300 calories an hour – more than walking or cycling at a similar pace. You’ll cut back on your stress levels, too. A recent Canadian study found that journeys to work of just 20 minutes can lead to chronic stress, even tempting you to quit your job altogether.

Marilyn Wei is a Harvard and Yale-trained psychologist. Writing in Psychology Today magazine, she explains just how bad commuting is for your health:

“Commuting generates feelings of impatience and fatigue. The ride to work is associated with increased blood pressure, musculoskeletal problems, frustration, higher levels of anxiety and hostility.

“It can cause bad moods when arriving at work and coming home, increased lateness and missed work, and worsened cognitive performance.”

Donna Dennison lives in Essex and happily scoots to work for her evening job.

“It takes just five minutes which is better than the alternative – being stuck in the car in heavy traffic for 30 minutes,” she says. “On the way there there’s loads of downhill fun. On the way back it takes me ten minutes because it’s uphill, but that’s when I get my exercise.”

Sarah Stallwood, a media analyst from Camberley, in Surrey, takes her Micro Scooter with her every day on the train to Waterloo. Her onward journey from the station to work involves a mile and a half on the scooter.

“It’s 10 minutes faster than walking and the same time as the bus,” she says happily. “There’s no direct Tube there so it definitely beats that.”

And like so many scooter commuters, she says she loves her mode of transport. “It really puts a smile on my face.”