Friday, April 6th is Walk to Work Day! This unofficial holiday came about to promote healthy living and encourage physical activity. It was promoted by Prevention Magazine in 2004 and was soon picked up by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Walking to work is a great way to clear your head and help wake you up in the morning. Get involved this year by lacing up those walking shoes and grabbing some breakfast for the road. If your commute is too far or not safe to walk, consider biking or taking a lunchtime walk around the parking lot with your coworkers instead.

Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones and muscles, improve balance and coordination, and prevent or manage health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension. The best way to enjoy the benefits of walking is to make it a part of your daily routine.

Your walking technique is important! While walking, consider the following tips:

  • Your head is up. You’re looking forward, not at the ground.
  • Your neck, shoulders and back are relaxed, not stiffly upright.
  • You’re swinging your arms freely with a slight bend in your elbows. A little pumping with your arms is OK.
  • Your stomach muscles are slightly tightened and your back is straight, not arched forward or backward.
  • You’re walking smoothly, rolling your foot from heel to toe.

Sources: Mayo Clinic. Lifework Strategies, Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resources