Discover the benefits of moving over your body

The car is undoubtedly a great facility. But have you ever stopped to think how dependent was the four wheels? Sometimes even to attend a short way, like going to the bakery or store, we resort to it. The immediate result is that you move little and the environment becomes more polluted.

So, we talked to the researcher sustainable consumption Adriana Charoux, the Consumer Defense Institute (Idec), and the sustainability consultant John Paul Altenfelder, SEI consultancy in Sao Paulo, which propose a challenge: how about reducing the use the car from today? Next, meet seven benefits of rationed use of the automobile. Experts guarantee the sum of them will yield a better quality of life for you and the planet.

1. Enjoy time on public transport

When you are on the steering wheel, the main activity is to pay attention to the traffic. "By adopting public transportation or even a taxi, you can take your time with other activities"Explains the researcher Adriana Charoux. Reading, listening to music or talking on a cell phone - prohibited habit if you're the one behind the wheel - only some of them. In addition, in some cities, such as São Paulo, there are televisions installed both on the bus and in the subway, which have educational and informative programming.

1. Enjoy time on public transport

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When you are on the steering wheel, the main activity is to pay attention to the traffic. "By adopting public transportation or even a taxi, you can take your time with other activities"Explains the researcher Adriana Charoux. Reading, listening to music or talking on a cell phone - prohibited habit if you're the one behind the wheel - only some of them. In addition, in some cities, such as São Paulo, there are televisions installed both on the bus and in the subway, which have educational and informative programming.

2. Compare and save money

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Who has a car knows that the expenses are not few. Among the costs are fuel costs, maintenance, insurance, vehicle inspection, parking and even the risk of fines, in addition to funding that is a reality for many people. Rationalizing the private vehicle use, using more public transport, taxi or seeking a friendly ride, your pocketbook will thank you. A good way to see this is to put on paper the monthly expenses you have with your car and compare to spending if utilizasse other means of transport.

3. Do not worry about parking

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Who leaves the car on the street in general is concerned about the safety of the vehicle. And who does not want to waste time searching for a job (or not think one is available), opts for private parking but have to move in the pocket. "By reducing car usage and reduce expenses, you also reduces stress and worry"Says John Paul Altenfelder.

4. More involvement with people and the city

More involvement with people and the city - Getty Images

The private car works like a fortress: closed and dark glasses, sometimes shielded. "All this protection ends up depriving the driver of contact with other people and with their own city", Says Adriana Charoux. For the researcher, public transport allows interaction with who's around and also brings greater awareness of citizenship, since the individual is closer to the reality of their environment, rather than being oblivious to it all in the car.

5. Stir the body and burn calories

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When you leave the car in the garage, you are bound to move more legs is to catch a bus or go through the walking distances. Another best option is still to make the bike path. Learn to spend an hour riding can burn up to 700 kcal. If the bus or train, try to skip a point before your final destination. Even small distances are important to combat the sedentary lifestyle.

6. Leverage the company of a ride

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It may be simpler than you think to get a ride: just be communication. It is often possible to hitch a ride with the person of his work that lives near you, or even college. By doing so, you avoid the stress of direction with good conversation. And if you you are driving, try to take a ride, even if from time to time.

7. Collaborate with the environment

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All the advantages, of course, this is the most significant. "The second major factor emission of gaseous pollutants and greenhouse causing in Brazil are vehicle emissions, second only to deforestation"Justifies Adriana Charoux. With less pollution, we will have an improvement in air quality and thus higher quality of life. Studies have linked pollution to male infertility, birth of premature babies and low birth weight and even to atherosclerosis.