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Tips, please, from people who run/cycle/walk (vigorously) to work?

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VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 13-Oct-09 21:00:53

Because I have realised it is the only way I can exercise. I live VERY close to work and could (in theory) pop home for a shower. But the reality is that after a school/nursery run/walk in two different directions, I just can't do it in time.

So what 'on the hoof' solutions are there to being a sweaty, smelly, damp, purple-faced person at the start of the working day?

I can't get my head round the logistics of spare clothes, rubbing myself down (with what? baby wipes?) so I just need to hear how you do it, if you do.

Thanks smile

VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 13-Oct-09 21:02:03

REalised how mad that second sentence sounds: pop home from, erm, home?!

What I mean is 'after I have taken 2 out of 3 kids to where they want to be, while making sure I get sufficiently out of breath' etc...


Muser Tue 13-Oct-09 21:13:49

I cycle to work, about 45 mins. We've just had showers put in. But before that I would have a change of clothes in my panniers. I didn't get that red faced and sweaty cycling so stinkiness wasn't a huge problem. Baby wipes are useful, or take a little hand towel and have a quick "tarts wash" in the loos (disabled loos are great for that).

My boss at my old job would cycle in her work clothes and never smelt. I think it's just less sweat inducing than running, but you do still get exercise. I know this because when my bike got stolen and I couldn't cycle for 2 months I put on half a stone!

VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 13-Oct-09 21:25:47

Thank you. Unfortunately being so horribly unfit means I sweat a lot blushgrin

VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 13-Oct-09 21:51:07

And if you take your clothes with you, how do you stop them getting all crumpled? Or am I making it more complicated than it needs to be?

<avoiding exercise, perhaps?>

Muser Wed 14-Oct-09 08:06:01

Just take clothes that don't crumple that much! So no blouses. There's not enough time for clothes to get crumpled too badly. I manage to look respectable.

Fruitgums Wed 21-Oct-09 10:08:23


I just started cycling to work and i think I chose the perfect time in which to do it. What I mean that now the weather is so chilly I hardly sweat. I manage OK by just changing into my work gear and I do not think that I smell wink

I do not have a pannier on my bike but pack my clothes in a racksack & they do not crumble all that much. Granted I do not look as smart as before but I hope that I'm getting fitter in the process.

Can't you try it for one day and make up your mind whether it's for you?

Piffpaffpoff Wed 21-Oct-09 10:20:12

A solution that i have used in the past to the crumply clothes issue is to go by car/train/whatever one day a week and take in four days worth of clothes and leave them in a locker if available or a suit carrier on the coat rail if not.

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