How to make your errands more walkable

Derek takes a break to go shopping with the gita robot following along to help

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Derek has been working from home for the last five months. There is so much more to do at home than just video meetings and working alone at a computer. He is eating three meals a day and snacking like a roboticist. Balancing life and work is always a challenge but when your work moves home there are more things to do and what usually was a weekly trip for groceries can easily become daily. While shopping on your phone and taking deliveries of food and packages is one solution to working from home, with a gita robot there are alternatives to outsourcing your errands and keeping your refrigerator stocked. Derek is lucky enough to live within a two miles of many local shops and stores so he can turn errands into walks outdoors in his neighborhood. Living a mile away from the grocery, pharmacy, and pet store, Derek is just a fifteen-minute walk each way.

 

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Thirty minutes of walking round-trip is a great way to break up the same daily routine. Maintaining physical distance and walking with a mask while followed by a robot carrier like gita is a great way to safely get some fresh air, sun, and a much needed break from the screen. The repetition of desktop work, video chats, social media, phone calls, television, cooking, cleaning, and deliveries day after day while stuck indoors can be depressing; it can also affect our productivity. Taking a drive to the store provides a psychological break but a walk outdoors can be even better.

Like 80% of Americans, walking is Derek’s preferred way to get around compared to cars, buses, airplanes and trains, mostly because he likes to be outside connected to his local neighborhood. Now more than ever, walking for errands gives Derek a much needed break from his work in front of the computer. Trips like these are great for his physical and mental health as well as improving the quality of his work. Derek told us that after a walk outdoors, he always seems to find the right solutions when he goes back to programming at his desk.

 

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Twenty or thirty pounds of groceries is not that comfortable to walk with for a mile. Even though Derek is a hiker, camper, and climber, carrying two bags including beverages, produce and frozen foods for his family is not something he does regularly. Walking with his gita means he doesn’t have to worry about limiting his bag count or deciding to make the drive instead of walk. Even for him, it would slow him down and take more than the 15 minutes it normally takes him to walk to the store. As you can see, Derek’s pace is about five miles per hour and the gita robot follows right along, even when fully loaded, up and down the hill between his home and shopping. Without his gita robot, Derek would walk that mile to the grocery, pharmacy, or pet store nearby, but probably use his phone to hail a ride, throw the bags in the back seat of the car and be driven home by a stranger. With gita following him, he takes a break from his screen where he spends much of his day programming, walks briskly to the store, and returns at the same pace with up to 40 pounds of shopping being carried by his gita robot. He might even see a familiar stranger, neighbor, or friend during that walk in his neighborhood.