Why another tube strike could be good for your health

With the undesirable news announced that tube workers may be organising another two days of strike action across London, I thought I’d take a look at how a tube strike actually be good for your health (although potentially not your blood pressure).

  • Can’t get the tube to work? You’ll have to move slightly further under your own power from bed to desk, whether that’s walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, or unicycling.

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  • If you’re allowed to “work from home” you’ll get more sleep, be able to make yourself a healthy lunch, take a lunchtime class all whilst “working”.
  • It will give you a better work/life balance (for 2 days)- obviously you’ve got to leave at 4pm to get home before the tube panic crush.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29 :  Commuters try to get on a train on the District Line of the London Underground during the 48-hour tube strike at London's Earl's Court tube station in England on April 29, 2014. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29 : Commuters try to get on a train on the District Line of the London Underground during the 48-hour tube strike at London’s Earl’s Court tube station in England on April 29, 2014. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • Think about the germs from the millions of people that use the tube you won’t be exposed to for the 24 hours. Take that, Berocca!
  • It will give you something else to think and moan about other than your current marathon training schedule.

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I admit that tube strikes are bloody annoying however do not know the ins and outs of the union vs tube bosses so am keeping the politics out of it!

7 Comments

  1. August 12, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Great post! I love that you are finding the good things about the tube strike! What marathon are you training for now?

    • charlotte
      August 12, 2015 / 11:55 am

      currently training for the Chicago marathon in October!!

  2. August 12, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Hey Charlie,
    Just found your blog and its given me a great boost of motivation to get fitter and improve my health. Starting uni made it a lot more difficult but feeling really inspired to change that, as well as getting back on top of my blog! Hope all goes well with the Chicago marathon 🙂

  3. August 12, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    However, if you normally cycle, you get super frustrated by the additional traffic and people who probably should learn to ride a bike properly before taking it out on the streets of London!

    Also also everyone goes “well you cycle so you can definitely make it into the office then” and you can’t use it as an excuse boooooo! But great points – I always make the most of the working from home additional workout time

  4. August 14, 2015 / 5:44 am

    hysterical. way to look on the bright side!! sending good commuting wishes from LA, the land of traffic

    • charlotte
      August 15, 2015 / 3:10 pm

      I would definitely swap you for traffic & sunshine!

      • August 17, 2015 / 1:16 pm

        HA! I am back in NYC now where sunshine there is, but its covered in humidity. Happy training!

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