Get your tennis shoes ready. With only a few weeks left until fall, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures while we still can.

This summer, Metroplan has encouraged us to use alternate modes of transportation like biking and carpooling to help us breathe easier. From strolling to dinner to walking to a local pop-up, here are a few reasons why you should hit the pavement for Ozone Action Days.

 

Support your neighborhood.

There’s nothing better than shopping or eating local. By walking to your neighborhood boutiques, restaurants and small businesses, you’re helping build a stronger, better-connected and more prosperous community.

 

Protect air quality.

Goodbye, pollutants. Hello, cleaner air. Instead of hopping in the car, walk. You’ll help reduce harmful ground-level ozone, which can cause chest pain, throat irritation, congestion and other long-term negative health impacts.

 

Stay fit (and social).

Forget the expensive gym membership and home exercise equipment. Walking — even just for 20 or 30 minutes a day — can help build stronger muscles, lower body fat and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Even better, you can reap these health benefits while enjoying time with family, friends and neighbors.

 

Get free eats.

Walking to the grocery store in exchange for a gelato from Zaza or cheese dip from Heights Taco & Tamale? Yes, please! When you register your support for Ozone Action Days, you could receive a free set of appetizer coupons from Yellow Rocket Concepts.

 

Ready to walk it out? Learn more and sign up to participate in Ozone Action Days at DitchTheKeys.com.