National Walk to Work Day is on Friday April 5th, 2019 and is the perfect way to get moving! This day started in 2004 when prolonged sitting and limited physical activity was to blame for the rise of heart disease and cancer. It is important that you try and incorporate physical activity in your daily life, and what better way than walking to work!
How can you participate?
The easiest way is to just simply walk to work! For most of us this is unrealistic so what else can you do? Try to walk at least 10 minutes if the entire distance is too far. This can be achieved by parking further away from your building and walking to and from your car. Walking while on a break is another great way to participate. If the weather is not permitting, try to walk around the inside of the building.
What are the benefits of walking?
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
Don’t just make it a day!
Walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Adding it to your commute or lunch break takes care of your light to moderate physical activity for the day! Getting a pedometer or electric step counter may help with motivation and help set and reach goals. National Walk to Work Day brings awareness to the importance of having an active lifestyle and how daily physical activity can lead to better health outcomes.
- Ask coworkers to join you on your walks to have company and encourage each other to be more active.
- Wear or bring comfortable shoes to work.
- Make it a habit with helpful tools like a step counter and apps on your phone.
- Make sure your walk is safe. If you don’t have a safe area to walk try advocating for your community by asking for a path somewhere safe.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, Very Well Fit. 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 resource.