The ‘Meet the Board’ series gives our readers an opportunity to learn more about the dedicated people who sit on the Healthy Workplaces board. In our next installment, we connect with our Chairperson, Gary Smith.

 

What is it about Healthy Workplaces that drew you to get involved?

I’ve been involved with Tour de Office for seven years. I was there right from the start long before it became Healthy Workplaces. Tudor (Marsden-Huggins, Founder) was wanting to establish a board to oversee the charity. He knew me, I was a company director and I was Chairman of Flight Centre Travel Group, so I was already chairman of a large public organisation. I think he felt I had the technical skills to chair the board. But I also was a keen cyclist. And I loved the whole concept of Tour de Office when he ran it past me, so I bought in right from the start, and I’ve been there ever since.

As a board member, what key area of expertise do you bring to Healthy Workplaces? Tell us a little about your career background.

So I think I brought a number of things. I brought my professional qualification as a chartered accountant and a current member of the Institute of Company Directors. As an experienced company director, which you need in an organisation like this, you need to make sure you comply with all the rules and regulations around charities. I had the skills to assist in doing the proper governance for the organisation. I was also reasonably well connected in the Brisbane business sector and was able to help source some corporate leads to do the activity and assist, as well as PR and growing the event, particularly within the Queensland marketplace.

Then beyond that, I was a keen cyclist. So that’s kind of the main things I would have brought to the board as well as a creative mind in terms of… How do we grow this? How do we expand it into new markets? How do we make it better? How do we make it more profitable?

What positive results have you seen organisations achieve by participating in events like Tour de Office and Step Forward?

I’ve been there on the journey to raising more than a million dollars for charity from Healthy Workplaces itself. So we, in our own right, have been successful in achieving quite a significant goal by raising that amount of money.

There was one organisation I could probably think of which was News Corporation, who is a major international corporation, and the mainstream media was undergoing an enormous amount of change, with the growth in alternative channels of media and social media.

They had just undertaken a significant restructure of the Queensland workforce, so a lot of people lost their jobs. They restructured within the business, people have moved to different roles and there was a lot of disquiet within that organisation in Queensland around what was happening in their workplace and what was happening in their lives as a result of that.

So the head of News Corp in Queensland was pitched the idea around this and we ran an event out there, which really helped bring their office together. Everyone got involved in the event, which was actually staged in the main body of the reception area of the News Corp offices, and I don’t know how many people work here, but it was a lot of people, so it helped engage them. They got very competitive amongst themselves and had teams that were chasing each other in terms of times on the bike and the amount of money raised, and it just just helped that workplace recover from a pretty traumatic period of change.

I’ve seen similar in other organisations, such as Deloitte, Optus, Commonwealth Bank… major corporations where they’ve taken the opportunity to do an office event with two bikes and compete against other organisations. So for example, Deloitte challenged Flight Centre to a competition, and I was part of the Flight Centre team. (And of course, we won it!) It helped engender a good spirit between the client, Flight Centre and their professional advisor, Deloitte. And we’ve seen that quite a bit through the years with Tour de Office. I would hope with Step Forward, we will get the same sort of thing happening.

What do you hope participants gain by getting involved? (E.g. Better health outcomes, more energy, or increased enjoyment for physical activity)

I guess there’s a couple of things. The main one is that if it’s someone that is not particularly physically active, that might lead them on a journey to becoming more physically active. They get on the bike, or they do the Step Forward challenge, and they start to feel better about themselves, and they think, “Oh, this is something I should do beyond this event.” And they get into a lifetime of healthy living. So I’d like to think that would happen.

I know through the pandemic, particularly when communities have been in lockdown, a lot of people got into doing more exercise because it was something they were allowed to do, and they had the time. I’d like to think that the same thing happens after being involved in the likes of a Healthy Workplace activity, that it leads them to a better life of physical activity.

The other point I’d make is, we would hope that they get behind the event and the raising of money for their individual charities, and that becomes a bit of a passion for them as well, and helping people through the process, which is a great thing.

How do you keep active during the work day?

Walking and cycling, a bit of running. I tend to do my activity first up in the morning, because I find once I get to work, sometimes it’s a bit hard to squeeze things in. I keep very active during the week. I live close to the city, so I tend to now walk around a lot rather than hopping in a car.

Just before Christmas, we got a little baby golden retriever puppy, so she now keeps us very active as well. She’s now five months, nearly six months old. And that forces you to get out and take her for a walk. So that’s a good thing. And plus, it’s a lot of fun.

The ‘Meet the Board’ series gives our readers an opportunity to learn more about the dedicated people who sit on the Healthy Workplaces board. In our next installment, we connect with the Managing Director of Veritas, Pete Murray.

What is it about Healthy Workplaces that drew you to get involved?

I’ve been involved in charity work for some time, including being the co-founder of a charity through my previous employer, that I’m still on the board of. And when Andrew Fisher joined, he talked to me about what Healthy Workplaces was all about.

What I like about it, and what I like about any charity activity is that it’s very tactile. Healthy Workplaces isn’t just a charitable engine, it’s also a work/life balance and health engine as well. It delivers three outcomes – it promotes healthy workplace environments, it engages heavily with the people inside that workplace, and it raises money for charity.

As a board member, what key area of expertise do you bring to Healthy Workplaces? Tell us a little about your career background.

I’m very heavily connected in the IT industry in the New South Wales and ACT markets, so one of my jobs is to connect Healthy Workplaces to IT organisations. I’ve also got a very strong sales and marketing background, so I’m hoping this background gives me the ability to come up with new concepts and new ways for Healthy Workplaces to take itself to market and to generate revenue.

In the two years that you’ve been on the board, what positive results have you seen organisations achieve by participating in events like Tour de Office and Step Forward?

We did one for NTT throughout Australia just before COVID, and they’ve now got bikes in five of their offices in Australia, and are ready to do more ride weeks when their offices open up again. The feedback was fantastic. They really loved it and had great employee engagement.

We also did one with my previous organisation Pure Storage and again, the bikes are still there, and people use them even without the challenge going on. We’re also going to do one in Singapore, and one later in the year in Australia with our partners, so we’re going to extend it to all of our partner community to participate in the same activity, which means they’ll come to Pure Storage offices and ride the bikes! We’re hoping that that in turn will generate more interest in TDO and Healthy Workplaces.

What do you hope participants gain by getting involved? (E.g. Better health outcomes, more energy, or increased enjoyment for physical activity)

What we saw was that – Pure Storage runs a very virtual office environment, certainly now with the pandemic, but even before the pandemic, an office of 35 to 40 people might have 10 people in it at any one time. But during the challenge, everybody turned up. People were meeting with people in a social environment where work was the secondary conversation, and it was just nice to see people being themselves before they were being work colleagues. I think people got to know each other a lot more than they did through a traditional work relationship, and it created new facets of the relationship that people have with each other in the organisation, and made everybody stronger and closer as a result. It was great from that perspective.

At NTT, what happened was that teams and offices decided to compete with each other, so it wasn’t just about fundraising, it was about raising the most funds, and each team making sure that their teams were spending as much time on the bikes as they could to raise money for the charities that they had chosen. But they were competing against each other interbranch and interteam, which was really cool.

We had created a Yammer group for participants, and people were Yammering to each other, “Get your cycling gear on!” and “Hope you’re feeling fit today!” So it started with traditional communications from on the intranet, Yammer and through email… and became this viral self-living organism of competition inside the business, for the duration of the one-month event.

How do you keep active during the work day?

We do have two brand new puppies that we got that are now 16 weeks old, but we’ve just started teaching them how to walk on the lead. Twice a day, we take the two dogs out separately, because they get too distracted by each other when we take them out together. So I do two half-hour walks a day with the dogs! I do a lot of meetings while walking as well, along the waterfront. So it’s generally a walking thing now facilitated by having two puppies.

I also tend to accept more meetings than I did in the past because I can use them to walk at the same time, and it also gets me away from Zoom. Whilst Zoom has been a critical part of our business staying connected with each other, it is a bit tedious sitting in front of your laptop or on your phone, being on meetings all the time. Taking walking meetings has actually improved my work/life balance, and when I’m walking, just getting more blood pumping through your body, you tend to be more active and engaged in the call, than if you’re on your third sit-down Zoom meeting.

In fact, my company has prohibited video Zooms on Mondays, so that you can take the opportunity to have most of them as walking meetings, which has been great.

The ‘Meet the Board’ series gives our readers an opportunity to learn more about the dedicated people who sit on the Healthy Workplaces board. In our next installment, we connect with Melbourne-based board member, Chantelle Conway. 

What is it about Healthy Workplaces that drew you to get involved? 

I wanted to volunteer with a charity that has a strong community purpose and be able to advocate for them. A key pillar of business is their corporate social responsibility program and amplifying the important work of charities. Many of us are in these amazing positions of privilege, and it’s so important we can leverage that and give back to the community.

Secondly, which has been reinforced during the pandemic, is being physically active and it’s been such a concern to employees and employers. When we’re on Zoom, we’re not walking, we’re not being active. That’s a big issue for physical and mental well-being.

I manage multiple countries, and a lot of our team haven’t seen each other for more than 12 months. The conversations among us had just become about working. But this is where cross-functional teaming is more important than ever before, to help change that up and have social conversations.

During the pandemic, companies have focused more on the physical health and well-being of their staff. We had times where we were just doing Zoom after Zoom and staff were spending so much time sitting and being inactive. To address this, we encouraged our team to do walking meetings and put in more break times away from work.

I was delighted to be invited to become a board member. The board has great depth and variety of experiences, and I have found it rewarding. It’s been a great opportunity to learn and to have that regular cadence with them.

As a board member, what key area of expertise do you bring to Healthy Workplaces? Tell us a little about your career background. 

I love the fact that the board embraced me even though I didn’t have board experience. I have a lot of leadership experience at very senior levels within some phenomenal companies.

I’m a Psychologist, majored in Neuroscience and published papers in that area. Early in my career, I was doing contracts within hospitals around Australia, and then later had children. 

I transitioned from healthcare into technology, working in hardware and software, security and networking at Palo Alto Networks, and Cisco Systems. For the past two years, I’ve led the Australia and New Zealand Southern Region team at UiPath.

My main focus has always been in sales and creating business success through building great teams.

What do you hope participants gain by getting involved? (E.g. Better health outcomes, more energy, or increased enjoyment for physical activity)

Interestingly, what we’re seeing is a lot of people aren’t going to return to the office. There’s going to be a lot more work-from-home, and that accelerates the importance of doing things like Tour de Office or Step Forward, where we need to find other ways to engage as a team.

How do you keep active during the workday? 

I am a keen tennis player. My whole family plays tennis, and each year we host a tennis event for 12 families. It’s a fun way to get a group of people together and spend time as a family while doing a fun sports activity. It’s become a big event with a trophy awarded to the winner.  

I’m also a massive walker. I walk every day and introduced walking meetings to my team during lockdown in Victoria. I also love to go bike riding with my family.

 

The ‘Meet the Board’ series gives our readers an opportunity to learn more about the dedicated people who sit on the Healthy Workplaces board. In our first installment, we connect with our newest board member, Tanya Cavanagh. 

What is it about Healthy Workplaces that drew you to get involved? 

I think it’s the combination of my passion for sports, health and events, and the ability to use these in a positive manner, for good, so to speak. Really, the multi-pronged approach that Healthy Workplaces is able to offer to influence a number of worthwhile agendas. Tour de Office offers the ability to motivate individuals who may not usually participate in events, because it’s right there in the office. They think, “Well, let me give this a try. Actually, hopping on a static bike isn’t so difficult after all. Maybe I should think about joining a gym or a sports club, or an exercise group or something.” I think the ability to try new things has a really positive impact on many people.  For organisations, it offers the ability to really engage with their staff. From the CEO sitting next to a junior, being able to have a conversation about how things are going,  some advice, some insights he or she may gain from that discussion, its all very positive. And then obviously, from a Healthy Workplaces perspective, in terms of driving that awareness around, the negative impact of sedentary lifestyles – sitting too long, and the need to get up and move and exercise. I believe that we are such a good enabler for other charities, in terms of the fundraising component. I had a great discussion with a friend in the voluntary sector, and she says that one of their key challenges is often not being able to offer their sponsors anything per se, whereas, with our products… Tour de Office and Step Forward provide a phenomenal conduit to being able to offer and raise money for other charities. 

As a board member, what key area of expertise do you bring to Healthy Workplaces? Tell us a little about your career background. 

My background is in sports administration and major events. If I go back to school days, I was always passionate about sport. I’ve been blessed to live and work in six countries around the world. My tertiary education was in South Africa, studying Travel and Tourism, and then on to Sports Management. When I moved to the UK, I sort of got my teeth stuck into the sports administration world, working in tennis and football. I then started to get some exposure to the major events world commencing with Rugby World Cup 99. I have been blessed to have worked for the Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games,.  Being able to see an organisation of that magnitude grow from 50 people to then expand to 6000 full-time employees and contractors and 70,000 volunteers by the time the games came… Not many people get to experience that. 

What positive results have you seen organisations achieve by participating in events like Tour de Office and Step Forward? 

It’s been interesting to watch the positive messaging of the engagement piece, and the camaraderie built by co-workers getting involved.  Hopefully, it spurred some of them into further action,. Breaking down barriers is another one – people that you might not naturally gravitate towards, suddenly you’re sat chatting to, and you find that there’s a commonality and you get involved in discussions outside of office politics and work, etc. 

What do you hope participants gain by getting involved? (E.g. Better health outcomes, more energy, or increased enjoyment for physical activity)

The ability for awareness to be raised around other areas, not just the physical aspect of exercise, but also nutrition and mental health. We’re not experts in this field, but some of those conversations might come up as to people in an organisation on the bike having a bit of a chat, but that facilitation process of, you know, “How are you going? How are you tracking?” So I think there is an opportunity around some of the mental health side of things. Certainly, men’s mental health, in particular, is something that more people are becoming more aware of, and is an important aspect, because men don’t tend to speak up as much as we do. I recently did a talk on innovation around work/life balance, and it was quite interesting for some of the people in the room who just work 60 or 70 hour weeks. It kind of made them sit back and think about important factors in their life. Too often people go down a certain route and they don’t step back and look at the big picture of what really is meaningful and important in life. 

How do you keep active during the workday? 

So I belong to a lovely group of swimmers, called the Flipper Girls. We do pool swimming in the winter, but in the summer, we swim in the ocean and it’s just a great group, and we always look forward to the coffee and chat afterward. I’ve also gotten back into hockey now, so it’s been interesting picking up a hockey stick after a few years out and my body is certainly sore for it but I’m on the field. Besides that, I enjoy doing a bit of gym and then cycling, and swimming with my kids in the pool after school.

In this edition of our No Excuses Series, we hear from Katie Redhead who recently came on board as Event Leader for Tour de Office. During our chat with Katie, she shared how she keeps herself motivated to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Tell us about yourself and what you do.

Following 8 years in the events industry, November will be my second month in the role of Event Leader… and I’m loving it! This role involves managing the Tour de Office event for Healthy Workplaces, as well as planning client and industry events for Scout Talent. To make these events happen, I am supported by and work with many amazing people. Collaborating with lots of stakeholders is a part of my role that is really enjoyable.

What does your average day of being active look like? 

My partner and I spend our mornings together in the kitchen preparing yummy and healthy meals for the day. Breakfast is usually eggs and avocado on toast, with a delicious hot cup of coffee from the Breville machine (my most prized possession). From there, I’m off to work where it usually gets pretty busy but I do make a conscious effort to take a lunch break to stretch my legs and get some Vitamin D. 

I am very grateful to work for a group who supports the health and wellbeing of its employees. We use standing-desks in the office so I try to spend part of my day standing up – although I would like to achieve longer periods of standing in the future. In addition, there is an in-office yoga group that I participate in once a week for an hour.

After work, 5 days a week, I will go to the gym to either do some Olympic Weightlifting or a CrossFit class. Training normally takes 2 – 2.5 hours, so after that, it is pretty much home, cook, clean, and go to sleep. All that weightlifting makes me tired!). 

How do you stay motivated and continue to do this (nearly) every day?

I have stuck to this routine for about 5 years now so it is pretty much habit. But that’s not to say that some afternoon’s I don’t feel like going straight home to relax or catch up on housework or emails. I try to keep in mind how I feel after eating well and exercising. No matter how tired or stressed I am, I know that I will always feel better after a workout. 

Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit are both sports too, which I think is key to staying motivated. Being a sport, you have teammates and a coach who checks in on you if you miss a few sessions in a row. You also have competitions to work towards and goals to meet that helps get you to training. My partner also trains at the same gym so it is something we enjoy doing together.

What do you find the most challenging about keeping an active and healthy lifestyle?

It’s very time-consuming! I sometimes think of all the things I could achieve if I gave up sport… but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

When did this routine begin? And why?

My routine of working out regularly started about 5 years ago. That is when I first started training in Olympic Weightlifting, and I become really addicted, really quickly. It was the first sport I participated in after high school, and it was the challenge of getting better at particular skills and movements that kept me going back. I found that to be very motivating.

Do you ever change it up?

Not really. If I am sick or injured, I will always listen to my body and give it a rest. Otherwise, I’m pretty content with the routine I have going at the moment.

What is your tip for others? 

If possible, join a sport or make working out as social as possible. Having other people involved can help you to feel accountable, and you can motivate one another too.

What is your favourite exercise?

If I have to do cardio, I’ll go for rowing or cycling. I try to avoid running as it tends to result in sore knees. In terms of weights, I’m not fussy but I will make sure there is a lot of variety so that I don’t get bored. Anything that requires a bit of skill or technique is my favourite, as you become so focussed on that, you forget you’re working out!

Read Part 1 of our No Excuses to see how Helen, a mum of nearly three balances work and keeping active. Or Part 2 if you want to know how Alex stays fit and keeps his nutrition in check.

To stay up-to-date on all things Tour de Office, follow us on Facebook.

In addition to raising a daughter together, Andrea and Mark work and exercise together. Andrea is the CEO of Scout Talent Group and Mark works part-time in Client Success at Scout Talent while also working as a stay-at-home dad. 

What does your average day of being active look like?

Andrea: My day is scheduled to the minute and I like to keep myself on track. I time-block my exercise and treat it like a meeting. I strongly believe you have to prioritise yourself and take care of yourself. I aim to exercise for an hour a day, 5 days a week. I usually run as I’m training for a half marathon but I also do yoga, strength training, and of course my two-year-old keeps me on my toes.

Mark: When I can, I like to exercise with Andrea, usually joining her for a run. This tends to be on our lunch break as it can be hard to fit in exercise on the days when I’m at home with our daughter. I like Crossfit and running. I’ll also run around with our daughter at the park a lot and usually after I’ve put her to bed I try to squeeze in 15 to 30 minutes of yoga. 

How do you stay motivated and continue to do this (nearly) every day?

Andrea: When I exercise regularly, I notice an improvement in my mental health. If I don’t exercise I feel more tired and glum but when I do exercise I definitely have a more positive attitude and outlook. Since becoming a mother, our daughter has become a key source of inspiration for me. I want to set a positive example. My Mum also inspires me – she has recently lost weight and it’s inspirational to see her hard work, focus and commitment pay off. I’m motivated to make sure I can keep up with her!

Mark: I’ve experienced what it’s like to be inactive before and I definitely feel a positive difference when I am active. It really affects both my physical and mental health. Also, just like Andrea, I want to set a positive example for our daughter.

What do you find the most challenging about keeping an active and healthy lifestyle?

Andrea: Fitting it in can be the hardest. When I’m not at work I want to be with my family, so that’s why I exercise through my lunch break.

Mark: Fitting exercise in as a parent of a toddler, and a part-time worker is definitely the biggest challenge.

When did this routine begin? And why?

Andrea: I didn’t exercise or participate in sport much as a kid, but in my late teens, I started to enjoy going to the gym. Ever since then I’ve been a regular exerciser., I did take a hiatus after giving birth, but 4 months after my daughter was born I was back on track.

Mark: I was similar to Andrea – not very active as a kid, but became very interested in health and fitness when I was a teenager. I did a lot of martial arts in my late teens. I’m a qualified personal trainer and Cross-Fit coach and this line of work has helped keep me on track over the years.

Do you ever change it up?

Andrea: I’ve started boxing which is new and I try and engage in that weekly.

Mark: I’ve started taking our daughter to the trampoline park which puts me through my paces! Though I’ve re-learnt how to do backflips which is an accomplishment!

What is your tip for others? 

Andrea: If you have a busy job and/or you’re a parent, just remember it’s okay to prioritise yourself. “You can’t pour from an empty cup” – as in, you can’t give to your family and your work if you’re not giving to yourself … so don’t feel guilty about taking time out for yourself.

Mark: I agree, prioritising some time to focus on your own health and fitness definitely helps you be a better parent and worker.

What is your favourite exercise?

Andrea: I love running. I can easily track my improvements and I can do it anywhere, anytime weekdays, weekends, holidays, and when I’m travelling for work.
Mark: CrossFit. It tests you in lots of different ways and is a very efficient workout. 

Problem: Keeping Healthy on the Holidays

Another holiday approaches, and though thankful for the break, it’s hard to keep a routine at what has turned into such a busy time of year. Luckily Easter doesn’t drag itself out as long as Christmas but it’s too easy to consume your body weight in food, particularly gloriously, sugary chocolates that seem to just be lying everywhere around the house.

So how do you keep up some sort of healthy routine when you feel like those chocolate bunnies in the fridge are staring you down saying ‘eat me, eat me’?

If you’re staying home for the break but don’t have much time in between family visiting and bathing your child for the millionth time because they have melted chocolate in their hair then try exer-cleaning. Yes, exer-cleaning, the cleaning version of jazz-ercise. You’re bound to be tidying up the house over this time so amp it up a bit and make it a workout. Try vacuuming your house that little bit faster or adding in a few squats while picking items up from the floor.

If your holiday involves some travelling, possibly some road tripping, make sure to take regular stops to stretch your legs. Walk around for five minutes or do some jumping jacks to get your blood pumping. Once you’ve reached your destination, try and walk everywhere you need to go if possible. Not only good for your health but you’ll notice things that would have been missed while driving.

Even with some little extra bursts of exercise, it can be hard to balance out your eating habits. So try out an Easter Egg Hunt: Squat Edition. Every time you go to pick up an egg, perform a proper squat or 5 if you feel so inclined.

Don’t let these holidays get the best of you, you don’t want to have to buy new work pants just after a few days off.

Status: Solved

 

Welcome to the No Excuses Series where different active lifestyles are explored to show there really is no excuse. In this interview, we speak with Helen, Event Leader for Tour de Office, mother of three and runner. 

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m the Event Leader for the Tour de Office Event, I work with a fantastic team to deliver the in-office cycling relay experience for companies around Australia. I work four days a week which gives me time to spend with my two young children.

What does a basic rundown of your day look like? 

I usually get jumped on by an energetic toddler or hear the unmistakable call of a waking baby around 5 am each day. We all head downstairs for a family breakfast and then depending on the season/light we’ll have a sneaky swim together, a walk outside or a dance party inside. It’s safe to say sitting down and eating a leisurely breakfast is a thing of the past. The positive is that I get my body moving from the moment I wake up, albeit involuntarily.

From there, its dressing and daycare drop off followed by a drive into work. I’m lucky to have a stand-up desk which helps to increase my time standing – and honestly does great things for my back and posture. Some work lends itself really well to walking and standing – like talking on the phone or creative thinking while I prefer to sit when I need to smash out a pile of written work or respond to emails. I take a small break for lunch and finish earlier in the afternoon so I can exercise outside and avoid the heat and strong sun. I’m lucky to work in an office on the Brisbane river so it’s easy to jump on to the riverside path and do a short run before heading out to pick up the kids.

The evening routine is pretty hectic with dinner, baths, books and bed so I usually fall at the same time as my children (sometimes mid-bed time story much to my 3-year-old’s disappointment). Then we do this all over again – cue 5 am wake up call!

How do you stay motivated and continue to do this (nearly) every day?

My children and husband motivate me. It is hard to sit on the sidelines when we are such an active family. I need my body to be strong and healthy so I can play with my children and have the energy to run the Tour de Office event!

What do you find the most challenging about keeping an active and healthy lifestyle?

As much as my children motivate me – they are also my biggest obstacle to keeping fit. Before them, I ran marathons and participated in loads of team sports in the evening. Now it is harder to find the time and freedom to head out for a 3-hour training run – and then give my body the necessary recovery.

Do you ever change it up?

I hope to soon – but this is a pretty standard routine. The weekends we start our Saturday with a local park run and include a family bike ride at one point.

What is your tip for others?

Find every opportunity to move – you don’t have to have a designated time or place. Once you start you can’t stop.

What is your favourite exercise?

Competitive sport! I lived in Canada for several years and loved playing ball hockey, while in Australia I grew up playing netball and touch football.

Problem: Riding to work

Whether you already ride to work or want to ride to work there are daily stresses to this process. Riding to work is not as easy as it seems, and not just because you realise how unfit you are when you hit any sort of gradient. There are many challenges faced by riding a bike to work, especially in Australia where it gets hotter than a shirtless Hemsworth. You need to shower after your ride, you need a fresh change of clothes, maybe these need to be ironed. You also have to carry all of this in a bag on your back while you’re riding up a hill that you swore wasn’t there yesterday. And then after all this, where do you put your bike?

Maybe these are struggles you face now or the obstacles that stop you from riding to work. But no more I say. Here are some handy solutions to make your commute to work easier.

Travel lighter

Particularly if you’re working in cities, many offices have showering facilities for their workers. If you have a workstation you’re able to leave some clothes or toiletries at, do so.

Shop smart

No matter what you do, your clothes are bound to get wrinkled in your bag through their transportation. It’s also not a great idea to bring an iron with you to work or leave one in the workplace. Luckily there are so many business clothes that are wrinkle-free and will never have to bear the heat of an iron.

Google

Maybe your work doesn’t offer any sort of facility for use but there are ways to get around this. There are places like Cycle2City that offer all of these facilities in the heart of Brisbane to make riders lives easier (you can check them out here: http://cycle2city.com.au/ or check your city for similar services). It does cost a small amount but it’s less than what you would spend on public transport, and most definitely cheaper than a car.

So if you’re still um-ing and ah-ing, you can stop. Instead, you can get on your bike and start riding.

Status: SOLVED